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Seeing as it seems to fit on here...

Had a quiet close season personally. Went to Buxton speedway week before last, tomorrow heading to Cas Tigers versus Wigan P.E super league match.

Anyone wanna add? Any sports allowed... except fitba'...



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Possibly gping to Lingfield races next Saturday.



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Went to Surrey v Essex in the Twenty20 a couple of weeks ago. Surrey were rubbish.

Went to Surrey v Hampshire in the Twenty20 on Wednesday. There were moments of excitement and, for a few overs, it looked like it might be a close game then Lumb hit loads off not many for Hampshire and they strolled the game.

Going to Surrey v Middlesex in the Twenty20 on Friday. I'm not too optimistic. Unsure


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Went to watch rugby league. South London Storm versus St.Albans Centurions. Total farce to begin with as the visitors turned up without their kit. Start delayed an hour waiting for it to arrive. SLS won 42-10 in a match of unbalanced sides. Still, at least it was a day out with lots of hoppers present.


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Sat 28th June.........errrmmm could well be Warrington Wizards, RL Conf. National, would be my 3rd on the trot...this week it's v Dewsbury Celtic, should be an "easy win" for Wizards..........when does footie start again ??


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A couple of weeks ago i strolled up to watch some Rugby League as the Hemel Stags beat the Liverpool Buccaneers 38-24. Not a bad match all round but Hemel were just too strong in the end.
Then yesterday i spent the afternoon watching Boxmoor II lose again, this time to Letchworth VI. Letchworth won the toss and put the home side into bat where they scored 189-7 off 53 overs. Then the visitors replied with 190-6 off 41.2 overs. Boxmoor II's are now very much in trouble near the bottom of division ten.
A nice day out though, with good beer and the rain virtually never interfered at all.
Next Saturday i've slated myself to watch some first eleven ECB cricket, and will travel to either Harpenden against Hemel Hempstead or Tring Park against Slough. I havn't decided yet and the weather will be a big factor.
to be honest i'm generally bored to tears and cant wait for the pre-season to start. July 12th for us.


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Hi Edge Raceway - Conference League. Buxton 65 Rye House 26. Admission £12 with programme. Att c.100.

Located a few miles south of Buxton off the main road to Leek, this has to be the most isolated "stadium" I've ever attended. High up on the moors and accessible off a single track road, it's actually one of a pair of stadia; next door is what appears to be a well-appointed stadium with grandstand and floodlights. This is now used for stock-cars but Buxton Speedway did ride here for their first two seasons back in the mid-nineties. The new speedway track is surrounded by a hotch-potch of container wagons and sheds which provide a small bar/clubroom, club shop and toilet block. A mobile catering van provided the usual greasy stuff but there are no stands or other spectator cover at all. In fact on this wild day most spectators chose to sit in their cars which can be parked right round the track.
Not a contest as such as the visitors only provided one heat winner and that in the penultimate race though there were several admirable attempts by riders of both teams to demolish the safety fence. Bloody freezing - I can't wait to get back to the winter sport.



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MCC are on their annual Jersey tour, put back a few weeks because of the World Division 5 held here in late May.

Saw them play v Victoria College on Saturday and today they beat Jersey "A" by 4 wickets. I am scoring their match v Jersey "B" tomorrow and then umpiring Devon v Channel Islands Over 50's League match on Saturday.


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Hi Edge Raceway - Conference League. Buxton 65 Rye House 26. Admission £12 with programme. Att c.100.

Located a few miles south of Buxton off the main road to Leek, this has to be the most isolated "stadium" I've ever attended. High up on the moors and accessible off a single track road, it's actually one of a pair of stadia; next door is what appears to be a well-appointed stadium with grandstand and floodlights. This is now used for stock-cars but Buxton Speedway did ride here for their first two seasons back in the mid-nineties. The new speedway track is surrounded by a hotch-potch of container wagons and sheds which provide a small bar/clubroom, club shop and toilet block. A mobile catering van provided the usual greasy stuff but there are no stands or other spectator cover at all. In fact on this wild day most spectators chose to sit in their cars which can be parked right round the track.
Not a contest as such as the visitors only provided one heat winner and that in the penultimate race though there were several admirable attempts by riders of both teams to demolish the safety fence. Bloody freezing - I can't wait to get back to the winter sport.

Complete contrast to when me and Bob L Hatt went up the other week - I got sunburn. They do fall off quite frequently up there though don't they?

Today went to Cas Vegas 22 Pie Eaters 22, £16 in, £9 for kids. Very entertaining, could have gone either way in the last seconds.



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RE : BUXTON SPEEDWAY

£12 inc prog.

Just to get this right, it is only £9 to get in, £2 for a prog and £1 to take your own heated exec box into the track. Although I like you, chose to stand out in a bleep freezing wet gale.


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Went to a Twenty/20 game a couple of weeks back - Yorkshire v Notts. Always like to get myself up to Headingley for the cricket at least once a season.
Still recovering today from going to watch Halifax v Whitehaven (38-14) which sent us top of the league again. Laugh I'm a season ticket holder at Fax so only miss about 2/3 games a season and will be going to watch Salford City Reds v Fax this Friday evening. Top of the table clash , and the thing that makes Halifax's presence at the top of the league more impressive is the fact that we (fax) are still part time players where-as Celtic Crusaders, Widnes and Salford are all on full time contracts Tongue



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Yesterday Rugby League - St Albans Centurions 40 Ipswich Rhinos 22, on the 2nd pitch at Colney Heath FC. Admission £1 inc 16 page colour programme. Said programme appears to be produced and sold by the actor and TV scriptwriter Mike Walling who was Eric in Brush Strokes.


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Rugby League for me to Andy, Went to Claygate to see Elmbridge Eagles 54 London Skolars 30 No Programme Att: about 30 - 2 tries in the opening 10 minutes from the Home side decided the game as Elmbridge never really looked threatened after that leading 30-12 at the break. Place has been smartened up since my last visit a couple of years ago when Grass was about 2 Foot high and Rusty Goalposts obviously no game played that day!



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Rugby League N.L. Div. 1:

Leigh Centurions 42 Sheffield Eagles 22.

Wish it was this good every time.............!!!!!!
Brilliant afternoon's entertainment. Laugh

Adm. £14 / Prog. £2.50.


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A week late but on a trip south....

Saturday June 21st

Berkshire Cricket League - Division 2 - Bradfield 1st XI v Swindon NALGO 2nd XI

Swindon NALGO 225-3 dec
Bradfield 106 all out

R.North's contribution was one catch and one run.


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Friday 27th June 2008 @ The Willows
Salford City Reds 30-24 Halifax RLFC
Great game, absolutely abysmal opening performance by the Fax, literally handed a couple of tries to Salford and was looking like being a cricket score at one point. Fantastic second half by Fax had the Reds attempt drop goals twice to seal the points, but in the end part-time Fax still get a bonus point and just hang onto second place.



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28th June - Brearley Park Old Whittington Chesterfield
Whittington Wanderers CC 2nd XI 102ao
Sheffield Zingari 1st XI 103-4

Only 6 with the bat (continuing my terrible run of form), 1-13 with the ball. Our innings was only the 2nd time we've passed 100 this season. Young, inexperienced side that I am alledgedly supposed to be showing how to play!



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Tues 1st July.............

Cricket groundhopping now ......!!!!

Lancashire 2nd v Durham 2nd at Haydock Cricket Club.

A very strong Durham 2nd controlled this 50 overs game from the start bowling Lancs out for 112 in the 47th over, highlight of the Lancs innings was a huge straight (ish) six from a promising young lad named Luke Procter.

Durham's reply was rapid until they reached 105-1, which some 7 or 8 overs later had become 107-5 !
A very warm day on this basic but well set out ground..........
Admission.....FREE, Scorecard 50p.


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28th June: Lingfield Park for the evening meeting. Only had one winner (9/2), which won by a nose. Still, an enjoyable evening was had & it gave me the chance to tick another sporting venue off my list.



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Friendlies don't interest me so it's Rugby League at the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday for Hunslet vs Barrow.


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I've been to the mighty blunsdon stadium a couple of times to watch Swindon Robins speedway. I have to sat what a craking nights entertainment, great atmos!!



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28th June: Lingfield Park for the evening meeting. Only had one winner (9/2), which won by a nose. Still, an enjoyable evening was had & it gave me the chance to tick another sporting venue off my list.



Nick

Assuming there were all-weather races and turf races on the card, then you've ticked off two 'pitches'. But to count all three 'pitches' you have to do a jumps meeting.

Rob


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28th June: Lingfield Park for the evening meeting. Only had one winner (9/2), which won by a nose. Still, an enjoyable evening was had & it gave me the chance to tick another sporting venue off my list.



Nick

Assuming there were all-weather races and turf races on the card, then you've ticked off two 'pitches'. But to count all three 'pitches' you have to do a jumps meeting.

Rob


There as indeed Rob. The 1st 3 races on the AW the last 3 on the turf.



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Oxford Cavaliers 48 Redditch Ravens 18

West Midlands Conference

No Programme - club shop up and running selling Cavalier items.

Played at Marston Ferry.

Att 45 to 50 (a number stayed in the bar at half-time as we had a shower).

Good game, should have been closer but Redditch made a few mistakes from kick-offs, also they started to question a number of "sir's" decisions.

Oxford upto 2nd, Bristol will win the league, anyone of Oxford, Telford, Coventry "B" and Redditch for 2nd spot. Swindon and Wolves will fight out the wooden spoon.

Coventry have a game in hand on Oxford and can go 2nd, but still have to play at Oxford. Hopefully they will have a 1st team game that day, the other year the 1st team game was called off and they brought 10 of the 1st team to Oxford.


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Oxford Cavaliers 48 Redditch Ravens 18

West Midlands Conference

No Programme - club shop up and running selling Cavalier items.

Played at Marston Ferry.

Att 45 to 50 (a number stayed in the bar at half-time as we had a shower).

Good game, should have been closer but Redditch made a few mistakes from kick-offs, also they started to question a number of "sir's" decisions.

Oxford upto 2nd, Bristol will win the league, anyone of Oxford, Telford, Coventry "B" and Redditch for 2nd spot. Swindon and Wolves will fight out the wooden spoon.

Coventry have a game in hand on Oxford and can go 2nd, but still have to play at Oxford. Hopefully they will have a 1st team game that day, the other year the 1st team game was called off and they brought 10 of the 1st team to Oxford.


I hope you left enough hot water for the players after the game.Wink


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I had a Rugby League choice between St Albans Centurions and St Ives Roosters.
With St ALBANS playing League leaders West London Sharks and St IVES playing Northampton.

I chose St Albans and arrived about 2pm and purchased a progamme (£1), the rumoured second XI game had taken place but had finished by then. Both teams were warming up along with the barbeque, and supporters were making there way from the bar. Something wasn't right however, as the 2.30 kick off time approached there were far to many officials from both sides on their mobile phones and NO REFEREE. It transpires after a few questions that the referee had a family problem and was called away up north very late in the day. This left the chances of getting a referee in for the game remote and the game was called off shortly before 3pm. Disappointed (and not for the first time in this Rugby League season) my grandson and myself headed back home to Stevenage without seeing a game.

We did however have better luck with the speedway in the evening at Rye House. The damp weather held off and the Rockets recorded a 65-27 home win over a disappointing Glasgow Tigers side with only Cory Gathercole and Robert Ksiezak put up any real opposition.

FREE ADMISSION AND RACE CARD AT RYE HOUSE NEXT SATURDAY FOR THE CONFERENCE FIXTURE BETWEEN RYE HOUSE COBRAS AND BUXTON HITMAN.
7PM START FOR THIS ONE IF ANYBODY FANCIES COMING ALONG.



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Oxford Cavaliers 48 Redditch Ravens 18

West Midlands Conference

No Programme - club shop up and running selling Cavalier items.

Played at Marston Ferry.

Att 45 to 50 (a number stayed in the bar at half-time as we had a shower).

Good game, should have been closer but Redditch made a few mistakes from kick-offs, also they started to question a number of "sir's" decisions.

Oxford upto 2nd, Bristol will win the league, anyone of Oxford, Telford, Coventry "B" and Redditch for 2nd spot. Swindon and Wolves will fight out the wooden spoon.

Coventry have a game in hand on Oxford and can go 2nd, but still have to play at Oxford. Hopefully they will have a 1st team game that day, the other year the 1st team game was called off and they brought 10 of the 1st team to Oxford.


I hope you left enough hot water for the players after the game.Wink



They don't have hot water, cold showers (or a dip in the Cherwell), there not overpaid footballers.

As you know it does tend to rain at Oxford Rugby League home games.


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National League 2 : South Leeds Stadium. Hunslet Hawks 15 Barrow Raiders 10. Att 527. Adm £14, Prog £2

It's now known as the John Charles Centre for Sport and a bugger to find if you follow directions from M1 J45 because that particular junction isn't there any more. A minor panic later and the stadium is located off the Dewsbury Road which I found heading toward Leeds from J44. Well signposted from there.
There is one huge stand with the best part of 5,000 seats and the rest of the arena is grass banking which was off-limits. Despite watching the game across an 8-lane running track, this was actually a really good watch with Barrow - 13 wins from 13 games - losing their 100% record to a resurgent Hawks who notched only their 4th win of the season and their third in a row ! Good atmosphere; good catering though £2.70 is a bit much for pie 'n peas and the match programme committed the cardinal sin of not having a league table.
And running periodically behind the far perimeter, the steam-hauled loco's of the Middleton Light Railway which claims to be the worlds oldest. The rain didn't arrive until ten minutes from time by which time Barrow were fighting a lost cause, living to rue all the missed opportunities of the first half-hour. Well done Hunslet - according to the prog, a club on the verge of folding only a few weeks ago.


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Engage Super League: Castleford Tigers 18-10 Hull Kingston Rovers. Att:7,771 - Adm £16, Prog £2.50

Good game of rugby, even though many unforced errors due to the downpour that began before the match. For some reason this game was moved to 12 noon on police advice - despite there being no trouble between the two clubs for at least a decade! (An excuse to use the tax payers money maybe). No trouble before, during, or after the game either! I turned out to be a lucky charm for the rest of my family's side as I saw them win for the 2nd time in a row when I've watched them.
The club is due to move into a new purpose-built facility in Glasshoughton (near Xscape) in the next two years so if you haven't had chance to see this cracking old rugby ground yet, get yourself down



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Last Sunday I went to the 750 Motor Club meeting at Cadwell Park in depest rural Lincs. I know nothing abouts cars but was given two free tickets. It was wet so the racing was more exciting than usual, apparently. Good fun but not life-changing.

Went to Down Royal geegees in Lisburn the day after seeing Distillery play TPS. Now an Irish race meeting is an experience to be had. I'm definitley going to arrange any future trips to Ireland to include a meeting.

This Sat (12 July)Brampton Rovers 6aside Tournament with Scotter U16s. (Oops thats football)

Next Sat (19th July) Headingly Test.



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I'm jealous - Being longing to go to Cadwell for years. If Silverstone is Premier League Motor-racing then Cadwell is definitely Non-League and better off for it.

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To be fair, I did really enjoy it despite not being into motor sport. You can still admire the skill and commitment of the participants and the sheer enthusiasm of the spectators. the guy who gave me the tickets is a Marshall and puts in loads of hours, unpaid, to the sport he loves, as indeed do many of us in our chosen sport.

Apparently Cadwell is known as the poor mans Nurbergring (spelling?). I walked as much of the course as I could to get lots of different views. God knows why because its hilly!



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This Saturday : London Skolars vs Swinton followed by Walthamstow dogs.
Sunday : Stratford Races


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Apart from the Isle of Man TT, its the only track in the UK that has a 'Mountain'.

Knockhill is probably hillier, but is smaller in length. Knockhill also has my favourite corner name - Duffus Dip


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Thursday 10th July 2008
Co-operative National League One: Halifax RLFC 34-22 Leigh Centurions. Att:2,853 - Adm ? (season ticket holder), Prog £2.00

This game seemed to have it all bar a sending off. Halifax were the last NL1 team to be shown on Sky TV despite being in the top 2 for most of the season Unsure Fax were out of the blocks quicky, playing some scintillating rugby and were ripping Leigh apart. It was 20-0 in as many minutes before a couple of debatable decisions went against Fax. Leigh got themselves on the scoresheet at the end of a first half in which the penalty count was at 9-2 in favour of Leigh!! After another try to make it 24-6, Fax pressed the 'Do not touch - SELF DESTRUCT' button and made some horrendous decisions - one led to a try being an outrageous pass on their own try line when taking a tackle would have been easier. It was down to 2 points at 24-22 with less than 10 minutes left, before Fax finally made the game safe after good pressure from a kick through. Absolutely cracking atmosphere, and a great game of rugby and apparently I got spotted on the telly more than once!



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Sunday 13th July 2008
Co-operative National League One: Dewsbury Rammed 22-70 by Salford: Att 1,300-ish - Admission £12, kids £2, programme (not that good) £2, beer £2.40

Amazingly the first time at the Tetley Stadium, despite having watched (and played) at the old Crown Flatt. Got to say this ground is ideal for summer rugby league, with grass banking behind each goal playing host to myself and Mr DTPG Front Page pin-up (BobLHatt) and the kids and some beer - especially in the warm sunshine we had today. If it ever gets rainy, there's a covered terrace that can accomodate a good 2,500 spectators with ease - and I can't see Dews doing that in a rush. On the pitch second placed Reds looked like they were going to win at a canter, running in three tries inside the first ten minutes, then Dews made a spirited comeback getting within four points, before Salford snatched a try just on half time. Second half... one way. Salford are now top - Dewsbury bottom.
Figured out today I only need to get to TWO grounds in the whole of the league to have been to every senior RL ground. Both are in the Super League, both are in England. Not bad to say I've been to only four games in the last ten years Shocked



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My first ever Rugby League game at White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre for:-

London Skolars 26-22 Swinton Lions, att: approx 250, admission £10, programme £2.50

I had seen pictures of this stadium before I went and it didn't look too inspiring. I was pleasantly surprised and it's a decent venue. Decent covered stand and plenty of open terrace on the far side. Enjoyable game too which Skolars just shaded.

Followed by a few overs at Winchmore Hill Cricket Club and Buncranaboy's reputation as a hard drinker went down the drain with a pint of something pink! Raspberry and lime cider I think it was.

Then Walthamstow dogs, cracking evening and if you can GO!



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Nothing wrong with a cool cider on a warm day !

Excellent day's sport as reported by my pastie-devouring friend from the potteries. London Skolars was indeed better than anticipated. Don't be put off by the "I don't think there's any programmes today" from the cashier. Ample supplies arrived ten minutes before kick-off. And avoid the chips at all costs !
The GBG-listed Winchmore Hill CC were preparing for a SriLankan festival today based around cricket and a number of their Test stars were expected to appear. The club estimated that between 7-10 thousand would be there to enjoy the food, music, good (pink) beer and cricket.
And as mentioned elsewhere, Walthamstow Stadium is a must. The art-deco frontage is wonderful as is the huge tote-board (with a beautiful wooden replica inside one of the upper bars) and the centre green was a picture. Huge crowd which I expect has not been the norm. And while there may have been some dogs in the stands, there was still plenty to keep the casual viewer occupied.
Even bigger crowd at Sratford Races today (family admission £14 incl racecard). I'd be surprised if it were lower than 20,000 on a baking day when the beer ran out ! And all my tips are still out on the course somewhere.


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18:00 Monday 14th. July 2008
Wolverton Knock Out Cup Semi -Final @ Osbourne Street, Wolverton

New Bradwell 128-4 after 15 overs
MK City 129-6 with 3 balls remaining

A highly entertaining game of cricket all round, although I've never seen or heard of games with 8 balls per over before. Crazy

Atendance fluctuated from 30 -80, surprised so many turned up but guess I shouldn't have been. Nice cheap pint (£1.80) from the bar as well.


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18:00 Monday 14th. July 2008
Wolverton Knock Out Cup Semi -Final @ Osbourne Street, Wolverton

New Bradwell 128-4 after 15 overs
MK City 129-6 with 3 balls remaining

A highly entertaining game of cricket all round, although I've never seen or heard of games with 8 balls per over before. Crazy

Atendance fluctuated from 30 -80, surprised so many turned up but guess I shouldn't have been. Nice cheap pint (£1.80) from the bar as well.



In past times overs were quite often 8 ball. If you dig deep enough in Wisdom you will find so major games may well have been played with 8 ball overs.


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In past times overs were quite often 8 ball. If you dig deep enough in Wisdom you will find so major games may well have been played with 8 ball overs.


The Northern League had 8-ball overs when I used to watch and they were the norm in Australia up to State level until not that long ago (I'm quite old so it'sa ll relative).

In fact, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Test Matches in Australia had 8-ball overs until well into the 1970s.


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Thanks chaps, I thought it might have just been a crafty invention from the cup organisers to stop time being wasted swapping ends.

That's why this is such a great forum, so many contributors full of fascinating info.


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Saturday 12th July 2008
Reserve League First Division: Halifax RLFC Reserves 36-12 Sheffield Eagles Reserves Att:250 ish - Adm £2, Prog = Teamsheet Only handed out free

A good advert for reserve grade football, and as my friends had pointed out, Halifax's reserves always seem to start sluggish and are usually behind at halftime before stepping on the gas. They have not lost at home in three years - some record I must say - but weren't at their fluent best today. Only ahead 16-10 at the break, a couple of quick-fire tries midway through the half settled the game despite the Sheffield players 'in your face' attitude! After this, went to a quaint village called Norwood Green, followed by Brighouse for some proper beer! All my friends were going on to the alcopops by the time we got to our last pub, before I asked for a Tetley Cask to which the barman replied 'So there is a man amongst you after all!'



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Sat/Sun 12/13 July

European Slowpitch Softball Championships, Southampton University

A sport I have taken up and become addicted to this Summer. I was playing in the 'Rec' (ie just for fun) competition with the idea being that all Rec games would finish in time for everyone to watch the big boys (and girls - it's a mixed sport) play their final.

GB won again, as they have every time this tournament has been staged. Sadly only five nations entered this time - Ireland did well to overcome a strong Czech Rep team in the semis with Jersey and Slovenia the other participants.

Watching the best in the country play quickly made me realise how rubbish division 3 of the Manchester league really is. The arms on some of these girls - not to mention the legs but that's another matter...


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This Saturday I'm playing cricket at the World's oldest football ground, Sandygate home of Hallam FC!



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Sunday July 13

Horseracing

TABY (near Stockholm)

Since my wife prefers watching racing to football we tick off a racecourse if we can when on holiday.

Slightly odd experience here in that the 'meeting' consisted of just one race. Taby (pronounced Tay-bu) normally race on Thursday, with a few bigger meetings held on Sundays. In addition to that though, they also open on Sundays for one race which is a national betting race for the 'Sondags Kombination' bet, essentially a handicap race designed to give open betting and big payouts.

Good facilities at the track is easily accessible via the Stockholm railway from Stockholm Ostra out to Galoppfaltet station. A quick walk through the car park to the course which has decent facilities. A large stand with seating inside and out, with various bars and eating places. For the regular meetings racegoers can book a table in the restaurant overlooking the course.

The one race took place at 3.05, though the course also accepted bets on the trotting meeting at Jarlsberg. After a brief perusal of the field for the Taby contest I reasoned that number 8 Chorusso had been running against better opposition and seemed in fair form. Chorusso duly read the script, leading the the mile contest from the start and just hanging on in a close finish. My winning bet at a near 7/1 went towards a meal back in Stockholm, and with prices as they are in Sweden all help with finance is welcome!

A bit of an odd experience, going to a course to watch one race, but a decent winner always makes a trip worthwhile. I'd recommend the course to racing fans, the facilities are decent and the racing competitive.

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The club is due to move into a new purpose-built facility in Glasshoughton (near Xscape) in the next two years so if you haven't had chance to see this cracking old rugby ground yet, get yourself down


Despite my dad coming from Cas and still having family there and my spending six years in the 90s following Huddersfield RLFC home and away I've never managed to make it to Wheldon Road and am unlikely to now which is a shame. The new stadium looks impressive but it's a pity Glasshoughton Welfare aren't invited to the party - I know their gates hardly warrant a 15,000 capacity home but a move to the new stadium could be the making of them as Leigh Genesis are hoping. Having said that, it's done nowt for St Helens Town...

Apologies for the thread drift but PonteCarlo...I don't wish to be nosey (although I'm going to be), I'm curious as to how someone living in Pontefract, and I understand involved with the Colls as an official, also supports Grimsby Town and holds a season-ticket for Halifax RLFC??? It's a pretty interesting combination!


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With a trip to Sweden imminent, what prices are we to look forward to?



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I'm off to Pontefract races tonight! Apparently was a monsoon at this event last year and not looking a lot better today....



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With a trip to Sweden imminent, what prices are we to look forward to?



Beer and wine very expensive, beer is about £5 a pint, and we struggled to get a bottle of wine in a restaurant for less than £25. Food in pubs and Restaurants tend be fairly expensive, £10 plus for a main course, but some cafes do decent meals for less. Transport and admissions in Stockholm are expensive but good money can be saved by taking a 'Stockholm Card' or 'Tourist Card'. This certainly saves on Museum and Attraction admissions, since all these places charge. Some of the tourist boats and sightseeing buses include admission to museums/attractions.

Racecourse admission is only 40Kr (around £3.50) which is very good value, but the take out from the Tote, more than 30%, makes up for that!

We did a tour of The Globe, the big indoor arena to the south of the city. They charged 70Kr (£6 odd) which was seemed a bit steep for what it was.


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Pizzerias are very reasonable, usually around £6-7 for eat in or take out. You can also eat cheaply in shopping centre food courts, some of which stay open well into the evening. Stockholm public transport is about £2 per trip, as long as you get an 8-trip ticket book - each trip is 1 hour using buses / subway / local trains.

I would not use the Stockholm Card unless you are going to the Royal Palace, otherwise it is unlikely you will recoup the cost. If you do use one, then plan in advance what to do to make the most of it.

Several pubs in Stockholm have happy hours around 1800-1900 when some beers are about £3, but in several visits, I haven't found many wines cheaper than £25 in restaurants either.



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Thanks for the tips, we've hired a car and one of the party is tea-total so transport won't be a problem. I'm sure I can cope with £5 per pint for 4 days of my life, either that or we will be sitting on a public bench drinking Kopparberg (or Buckfast if we can find someLaugh)



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As with every summer, I have been watching Yorkshire 1sts and 2nds and England. I usually rattle up about 30 days cricket per summer (I save my holidays up !) next up is 2nd Day at Trent Bridge this wednesday Notts v Yorks in the LVCC. Followed by Surrey the week after at headingley (not sure which day yet), then leicestershire in the pro40 on Aug 3rd. Then old Trafford for some more LVCC action against our red rose rivals (or best mates if your a player !) then Derbyshire @ derby in a floodlit pro 40. there will be more but lets keep an eye on the weather ! (may go to Edgbaston for a day of the next test but undecided at current)




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Apologies for the thread drift but PonteCarlo...I don't wish to be nosey (although I'm going to be), I'm curious as to how someone living in Pontefract, and I understand involved with the Colls as an official, also supports Grimsby Town and holds a season-ticket for Halifax RLFC??? It's a pretty interesting combination!


Well its quite a bizarre story funnily enough! Where I was at school everyone was a Cas fan, including shall we say some less than reputable people who I had a few run ins with. So I decided the next team to beat Cas would be my team - aren't Halifax lucky to have me! With Grimsby its a bit more simple, they were the first football team I saw play (at Bradford City a few years ago) so went to the next game and was hooked after that although am limiting my appearances this season!

Anyway back on topic Wink
Sunday 20th July - Halifax RLFC 26-26 Widnes Vikings
Co-operative National League One
Well this was another game for the heart attacks, one thing Halifax never do is make it easy. 24-6 down with half an hour to go and I'd given up the ghost. Add to the fact we had a ref who always does his best to ruin Fax games and I thought that was it. But lo and behold the boys in blue and white do it once again, an amazing comeback, me out of breath, and a couple of points saved! Phew, more of the same next week? I doubt I'll reach 40 at this rate!



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Friday - 3rd day of Sussex v Hampshire at Arundel

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Scored 22no and took 3-31 at Sandygate on Saturday. Footy pitch looking a bit rough mind!



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I went to the second day of the Headingley Test last Saturday and it was the most boring days cricket I have ever seen (and I'm 51!). To add to the misery, the service at the bars was just too slow, especially when compared to the other ground I visit regularly, Trent Bridge. Then they decide to close the bars for an hour for'restocking'. To think I turned down a free ticket to Market Rasen races with a champagne breakfast included........



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I went on the saturday as well, and I have never been so happy for the rain to fall around 5pm. i was out of the ground like a shot. I love test cricket, but it didnt do itself any favours on that day !




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Sunday 27th July Speedway: Mildenhall Fen Tigers 31 Workington Comets 53 Abandoned after Heat 14 Waterlogged Track - Predictable win for Workington considering Mildenhall had lost all 17 League Meetings this season. Early finish as a cloudburst flooded the track with One race to go.



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Sunday 27th July; Whitehaven 28-12 Halifax RLFC, Not sure on admission, Prog £2

Not the best game of rugby league, Halifax seemed determined to throw the pass at every available opportunity resulting in lots of lost possession and knock-ons. The completion rate was about 40% in the second half compared to Haven's 90 something %. Haven did the basics as they always do at the Recre, five tackles - kick - try. Halifax just could not keep hold of the ball, as they always have a knack of doing up there, and deservedly lost. Will have to try all they can to beat Salford on Thursday.



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Leigh Centurions 33 Widnes Vikings 24

This was the BEST game of RL I've seen for some time without a doubt.....Leigh 14-6 up went in at H/t 14-16 down, soon became 14-24 early in the second half.....then the comeback...26-24 with 10 mins to go, Widnes putting the pressure on.....Dennis Moran with a drop goal 27-24 then Ian Watson with a converted try 33-24.

A great advert for NL1 RL, makes you wonder what all the fuss about Super Lge is all about ?
Aug 17th see's the last ever league game at Hilton Park against Whitehaven, if the Centurions can manage 2 more wins however in the final 3 games than we should see a home play off game on top of that.....yesterday though was certainly one to remember !


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I was reading this thread, trying to work out where I had gone. Then I clicked - first weekend after the football season... BANG. So, I went to the trauma unit, then intensive care, then surgery, then back to intensive care, onwards to surgical high dependency, then to an orthapaedic ward before finally ending up in a urology ward.



You ask us what the aim is? I tell you it is victory. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Either that, or fried onions at the tea bar. Fried onions at reasonable cost, fried onions in spite of all terror, fried onions however long and hard the hot-dogs may be; for without fried onions, there are only boiled ones.


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I was reading this thread, trying to work out where I had gone. Then I clicked - first weekend after the football season... BANG. So, I went to the trauma unit, then intensive care, then surgery, then back to intensive care, onwards to surgical high dependency, then to an orthapaedic ward before finally ending up in a urology ward.

So what was your ailment/injury/disease and are you cured?



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I was reading this thread, trying to work out where I had gone. Then I clicked - first weekend after the football season... BANG. So, I went to the trauma unit, then intensive care, then surgery, then back to intensive care, onwards to surgical high dependency, then to an orthapaedic ward before finally ending up in a urology ward.

So what was your ailment/injury/disease and are you cured?


A car pulled out in front of my motorcycle and thus my injuries were multiple. I had two broken wrists, a fractured pelvis, a broken back, fractured knee, a collapsed lung and squished up goolies. Cool But I'm pretty much back to full health now.

EDIT: Not the 'bike' in my avatar, I should add!



You ask us what the aim is? I tell you it is victory. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Either that, or fried onions at the tea bar. Fried onions at reasonable cost, fried onions in spite of all terror, fried onions however long and hard the hot-dogs may be; for without fried onions, there are only boiled ones.

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Rugby League Summer Conference- Yorkshire Premier
Kippax Knights (34) 82 v East Riding (0) 0
Admission by donation, no programme.
Attendance c150
Played on the pitch used by Kippax Welfare FC ex West Yorkshire League at Longdike Lane, Kippax.
Kippax ran in 17 tries in this one sided game on a nice sunny afternoon with a nippy easterly wind.
East Riding turned up with just 13 players and lost 2 before half time with injuries. Apparently the coach left the club during the week and several players followed him. However give the club credit for fulfilling the fixture not like some football sides recentlly!


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Rugby League Co-Operative Championship One.

Swinton Lions 23 Rochdale Hornets 22. Admission £12.50, attendance 502.

As most of you know, Swinton don't have their own ground any more, but are playing at the Sedgley Park rugby union ground in neighbouring Whitefield. This was a new ground to me though and I couldn't have picked a more exciting game to see either. Trailing 18-4 just after half time, Swinton fought back to level with 20 minutes left, only to fall behind again through an intercepted try. They kept ploughing away and made it 22-22 with five minutes left and a dropped goal two minutes from the end won it for them in dramatic fashion. It also managed to silence the lady standing next to me who must have the shrillest voice in rugby league and had been screaming 'come on Hornets' in my ear for the entire 80 minutes!

No programme was issued but the famous 'Gay Mon' magazine was available at £2 a go. Swinton officials said it was very unpopular with punters but it was good for economical reasons for teams like Swinton. A team sheet was also available which proved more popular that the pink covered 'Gay Mon' Personally I don't want to be standing on the terracing at Swinton and open a magazine which says 'welcome to Gateshead Stadium for the visit of St Helens', and if sales are anything to go by I am not alone.


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Major League Baseball

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays, in Toronto's "Rogers Centre"

Friday 29th : Toronto 6-3 Boston
Saturday 30th : Toronto 5-3 Boston
Sunday 31st : Boston 8-2 Toronto

A sort of "close season" activity, as my wife is a long-time Boston Red Sox (and baseball) fan. We traveled with a group of almost-rabid "Red Sox" fanatics, with me wearing my Toronto "jersey". Tickets for very good 2nd level seats at $52 (~30£), with excellent program(me)s for $5 (~3£), full-color, 40 pages replete with a surprisingly modest (for baseball) amount of advertising. Food and beverage prices were reasonable (for baseball games), although beers and ales were slightly higher that in New York City, as Canadians tax stadium alcohol-beverages at higher rates than stadium foods and non-alcohol beverages. The facility and grounds are completely tobacco-free, although a few persons were seen smoking near the edge of the grounds. Scalpers ("touts") were sparse, as such activity is heavily monitored by law-enforcement, with strict rules for pricing and proximity.

The "Rogers Centre" (fka "The Skydome") has a retractable roof, which was opened just prior to the Saturday game (and closed DURING the game due to impending thunderstorms). The roof was closed during the Sunday game due to very high winds. The "Dome" (as the locals refer to the stadium) is adjacent to the CN Tower (aka "The Needle"), which is one of the tallest structures in the world, affording a spectacular views (from the ground AND the tower) when the stadium roof is open!

The facility is used by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (whose season overlaps baseball), as well as one or two National Football League games for the Buffalo Bills. We have no personal experience(s) at "gridiron" football games, save our local high-school and two University games for our children.

Our trip was only for the two highlighted games. For anyone visiting North America, Toronto is a marvelous city (and one of our favorites!) to visit. On a football-related note, we will be returning for a Toronto FC MLS game later this summer, at the recently completed BMO Field (one of the new "soccer-only" stadia on the continent!). I am sure that we will also get to the Blue Jays on that trip.



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Rugby League again today.
Cutsyke Raiders (0) 10 v Kippax Welfare (22) 34
Castleford & Featherstone ARL David Poulter Open Cup Final at Lock Lane, Castleford.
Admission £2 / £1. Attendance c300
This was a fiesty game with both sides having a player sent off on 35 minutes after a good all player punch up, plus Cutsyke having 2 in the sin bin as well.
Kippax were by far the better side and much quicker than their opponents. The No.5 ran in 5 tries for Kippax including an 80 yard intercept.


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Pro-Direct Twenty20 (at Queens Park, Paignton)

Brixham Lions 163-4

Paignton Panthers 164-4

An entertaining match played on a balmy evening saw Paignton sneak home with one ball remaining. Att: about 100.



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I'm looking at two matches in the Rugby League Conference this weekend. Not sure which match today because the fixtures keep changing on the various websites I'm checking. Tomorrow Hainault Bulldogs v Bedford Tigers.

The Conference website has the Hainault match shown as being played today (Saturday) but both clubs' websites have it being shown as Sunday. A 1pm kickoff according to the home team's site. Hainault have moved grounds this season and are now playing at Dagenham Rugby Club which is in Central Park, Dagenham.


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Oxford Cavaliers v Guildford Giants

London & South Division Rugby League

Went to new ground in Kidlington, been moved I was told but no one knew where. Checked other Rugby grounds in Oxford, but nothing doing. Both clubs websites are down / out of date.

Spoke to another traveller who was also at the ground, he saw Redditch 0 - 122 Coventry the other week, sadly the demise of the West Midlands Division has caused a few problems for some clubs. Wolves I believe are playing merit games, Coventry "A" not sure, Oxford and Swindon moved to a six team division covering Kent to Swindon to Southampton to Oxford and we think some step 5 divisions have a strange footprint.


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Birmingham Bulldogs 16 v Leicester Phoenix 12

Midland Division Rugby League.

My first game of the season, chose this game as both teams had made a good start. Both teams found the wet conditions difficult, but Bulldogs just about deserved their win by making good use of their larger players. Phoenix were not helped by having a man sin binned in the second half. The game was played at Bulldogs new ground at Aston Old Edwardians.



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Rugby League Conference
Dewsbury Celtic (16) 28 v Liverpool Buccaneers (6) 18
Attendance c90. Programme £2 including admission.

As the rain ceased about 11 am and no football in the area I decided to venture to a rather chilly Crow Nest Park as I had not seen the Liverpool team before. An entertaining game saw 9th in the table Celtic overcome their 6th placed visitors more convincingly than the score suggests.


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Oxford Cavaliers v Guildford Giants

London & South Division Rugby League

Went to new ground in Kidlington, been moved I was told but no one knew where. Checked other Rugby grounds in Oxford, but nothing doing. Both clubs websites are down / out of date.

Spoke to another traveller who was also at the ground, he saw Redditch 0 - 122 Coventry the other week, sadly the demise of the West Midlands Division has caused a few problems for some clubs. Wolves I believe are playing merit games, Coventry "A" not sure, Oxford and Swindon moved to a six team division covering Kent to Swindon to Southampton to Oxford and we think some step 5 divisions have a strange footprint.



Game awarded to Oxford 24-0, as was Southampton v Kent Ravens. It appears Oxford failed to go to Kent Ravens earlier in the season, that is recorded as 24-0. Greenwich who won yesterday (46-13 v Swindon, who are 2nd in the league) now have a points difference of 181 from five games, one of which they lost.


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COLCHESTER ROMANS 34 BURY TITANS 44 - 6th June 2009

No admission charged and no programme. Very few people in attendance.

Thoroughly enjoyable match at Colchester Rugby Club. Romans were winning 18-16 at half time although Titans had scored four tries to Romans' three. Two tries early in the second half for the Romans stretched their lead to 12 points. Bury focussed and came back into the match. Romans had a man sinned binned and then lost composure to have two players sent off and finish with 11 men.

I managed to get video clips of all the tries and have downloaded them onto Youtube (account name Scoffer89a, and they are listed under the heading at the top of this post).

Colchester Rugby Club have a very large facility. At least three rugby pitches, 2 cricket pitches and an archery range included. The clubhouse and bar appeared to be closed when I got there. Took me about 40 minutes to walk from Colchester Station but I didn't take the shortest route. Quite a bit of it was uphill as well. There are buses that pass the gound, I took a number 65 back to the station.


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HAINAULT BULLDOGS 28 BEDFORD TIGERS 36 - 7th June 2009

Rugby League Conference Southern Premier.
No admission charged and no programme issued.
Attendance about 30


Hainault threw this away near the end after coming back from being ten points down to being level at 28-28 in the final few minutes. A misplaced pass when attempting to score set up a Bedford breakaway which resulted in a converted Bedford try. A penalty after that completed the scoring.

Dagenham Rugby Club is now the home of Hainault Bulldogs. The ground is in Central Park, Dagenham. They have three unenclosed pitches, one of which has floodlights. A small bar was open where you could also get a decent cuppa for 50p.


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Jersey Div 1 Cricket

Sunday 7th June (reduced to 36 overs after rain delayed start)

Old Victorians 2nd's 140-9 (36)

Farmers 2nd's 141-6 (34)

Cool/cold & windy, closely fought match played in right spirit


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Thursday 4th June

Horse Racing

HAMILTON PARK

A run-of-the-mill racecard, but it was our works day out at the races. We put money over a few months to hire a box in the main stand and with food and drink all paid for in advance it's always a good day.

A very ordinary card with precious few pointers for the future, though I did take a bit of time to explain some of the finer points of flat racing to the throng! Not that I could back more than one 7/4 winner all afternoon mind. As I said to them, I'm much happier if there are jumps in the way of the runners. I'll take' em to Perth for a National Hunt card one of these days.


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Got back from holiday in Kent a few hours ago...

Managed to get to Sittingbourne Greyhound Stadium last Saturday (6th June) - £6.50 admission with race card / programme. Very impressed with stadium though not many in attendance. Stayed for first ten races and had no winners. Frown

Another venue to be added to my list of "Sporting Venues visited"



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Saturday 13th June 2009:

Premier League Speedway:

Stoke Potters V Scunthorpe Scorpions


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Northampton v Colchester in Rugby League East Division has been called off according to Northampton's website.

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Bramley Buffaloes 94 Carlisle Centurians 0 - Rugby League Conference - Admission not sure (see below), Programme (52pp full colour) £1.50. Beer not much, I think £2.10 a pint by my calculations and vague look at the till when the big chested barmaid rang it in. Att - 350 est

Made the annual trip to see my old sport at one of my old haunts, to see one of the great old teams I used to have a lot of time for. To say this was a bit one sided goes without saying, Carlisle came second, Bramley next to last. Bramley are 104 years old, their record score is 104-2, and I was hoping that this would be somewhere near. The thing is I had no idea where Carlisle was in the table - they are next to bottom - if I'd known that I'd have probaby suggested a trip to Wilderspool as I get no real fun out of seeing lots of points being scored in this fashion Unsure

Bramley play at Stanningley SARLFC, which is a railed off floodlit pitch, but on a summer's day like today is one of the most pleasant settings - sitting on the grassy banks (Aussie style) with a cold pint of lager - although I'd hate to think what it would be like on a rainy day in October. I'm not sure how much it was in, we (myself BobLHatt and the kids) got there VERY early to start with the refreshments and to go through our Stanley's Awards, and marched straight out to the beer tables outside. After about three ins and outs the locals were getting quite used to us, so there were never any challenges to pay any entrance fee, except when I went for the last round of drinks before the game when I barged past a melée at the bar door. As I walked in the girl on the door simply said "in for more beer luv?" I said yes, got the drinks and went back out with the girl saying "let this fella through". I think she was charging admission, although I felt a bit daft going to ask if she wanted any money off me.



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Leicester Phoenix "A" 30 v Leamington Royals 42
Leicester Phoenix 34 v Coventry Bears 30

Watched two games this afternoon at Aylestonians ground opposite Friar Lane and Epworth FC.
Starting at noon, the first game for Phoenix "A" team, with Leamington Royals only really pulling away in the last 15 minutes as Phoenix made sure all their players had a game.
The main match began at 2.30pm with Coventry Bears providing the opposition. Another close game with the lead see-sawing between the teams. Phoenix led at half time and increased their lead, only for the Bears to hit back late on, seemingly to win the match. Phoenix secured the win with a very late try to move to the top of the Midland division. No programme but there was a barbeque and the bar was open throughout. If visiting this ground, try to park outside in the lay bys as the car park is very small.



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Leicester Phoenix "A" 30 v Leamington Royals 42
Leicester Phoenix 34 v Coventry Bears 30

Watched two games this afternoon at Aylestonians ground opposite Friar Lane and Epworth FC.
Starting at noon, the first game for Phoenix "A" team, with Leamington Royals only really pulling away in the last 15 minutes as Phoenix made sure all their players had a game.
The main match began at 2.30pm with Coventry Bears providing the opposition. Another close game with the lead see-sawing between the teams. Phoenix led at half time and increased their lead, only for the Bears to hit back late on, seemingly to win the match. Phoenix secured the win with a very late try to move to the top of the Midland division. No programme but there was a barbeque and the bar was open throughout. If visiting this ground, try to park outside in the lay bys as the car park is very small.

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Just watched the main match - though was told Leicester won by two points at the end of the match as I had lost track of the score in my head.



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I did think about visiting Wembley for the schools match but changed my mind and headed of to Castle Coombe racetrack near Chippenham to see a day of classic touring car and saloon car racing.Excellent value for money at £8 for 8 hours live sport.



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Rugby League Conference - North West Premier

Rhyl Coasters 20 New Broughton 16. No admission/proggie/refreshments. Attendance 50.

After a great deal of trouble I finally found that Rhyl play at Rhyl High School, which turned out to be opposite Rhyl football club on Grange Road. Today's visitors were top of the table New Broughton who brought a good few fans with them which is good to see for this level of rugby.

The match itself was excellent with Rhyl taking a 14-4 lead at one stage before Broughton fought back to lead 16-14 going in to the last five minutes. It looked as though they might hang on but Rhyl never gave up a scored a converted try in injury time to sneak it 20-16.

Yet another really good afternoon's entertainment.


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Doves at Delamere Forest. Adm £27.50. Att 5,000.

Pounding...........................................


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Southern Electric Premier League Division 3

Portsmouth 161-9 50overs lost to
Trojans 173 all out 48.4 overs.

A surreal experience watching cricket whilst listening to the sea coming in against the sea wall yards away and a Red Arrow's display in the distance (IOW festival? it was over the Gosport/Western IOW direction.)

Bowlers of both sides were on top throughout and a last wicket stand of 35 for Trojans gave them the win.



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Arundel castle. Admission £14 Guidebook £3.75. Attendance. Bit difficult to count.

I decided to do a bit of castle hopping as I had seen Arundel castle from the train when I went to Clymping a few weeks back and thought 'I must go there soon'.
Although the admission price was a bit steep there was a lot to see, although most of the castle was rebuilt in the 19th Century, the keep was Medieval with lots of dodgy spiral staircases to negotiate.How did elderly people with mobility problems get around in the Middle Ages? Falling down stairs must have been a major killer in those days!
Incidentally the castle has been owned by the Howard family for many years. Katherine Howard Henry VIII's fifth wife was a poor relation of theirs and all cricket fans will have heard of Lavinia Duchess of Norfolk.
Talking of cricket I could see the cricket ground from the top of the keep and I had a brief look at Arundel FC's ground. It hadn't changed from my visit except the the stand roof is now inscribed Arundel Football Club instead of Arundel Town FC
I also did Arundel cathedral which is opposite the castle. Impressive from the outside but a bit disappointing inside, I expected more from a Catholic cathedral. The guidebooks were sold out too.Frown



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10 day holiday in Toronto and New York so a good chance for 3 new grounds
Tuesday 2 June Toronto BlueJays 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Rogers Centre (formally Sky Dome)
Seat behind home plate $55 Programme $5
Att 26809
Not the best place to watch baseball but a decent game with a fantastic pitching performance from Roy Halliday.
Ground only half full so not much atmosphere
Monday 8 June New York Yankees 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays
New Yankee Stadium
Seat in right field $72 Programme $10
First season in the new ground for the skanks replacing one of the true iconic stadiums in world sport.
And I was underwhelmed. A souless place inhabited by glory hunters/tourists/Obnoxious people
Game was so so and the programme was double the usual price
Tuesday 9 June New York Mets 6-5 Phillidelphia Phillies
Citifield
Seat in left field $78 Programme $5
Oh boy did I save the best till last. Like the other New York team the Mets are in a new ground this year and its a big improvement on the old one.
A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


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A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


Do tell....Cool



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Sunday June 14th : Aegon Classic Final @ Edgbaston Priory. Magdalena Rybarikova bt Na Li 6-0 7-6. Att 2,000. Adm £20. Prog £5

Rumour had it that this was to be the last pre-Wimbledon tournament in Birmingham so I thought I'd better pay a first visit to a venue only 3 miles away.
Luxuriant surrounds in leafy Edgbaston where Birmingham's moneyed-crew jostled for posing opportunities on a sweltering day. Mr Merryweather would have been in his element with so many fine fillies of obvious thoroughbreeding on display. No cameltoes or pushchairs here amongst the Pimms set.

Nor many household names in the draw with the No 1 seed being Sheng Ji, though disappointingly the comeback kid Maria Sharapova was eliminated in yesterday's semis. Pleasant if soporific day sat in the second row almost within touching distance of the players as some Slovakian I'd never heard of won in a canter. Oh, and the tournament has been rescued for next year............................


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At University of Birmingham - 3 match test series - England vs India. Men's Hockey.
Wed July 29th at 18.30
Fri Jul 31st at 18.30
Sun Aug 2nd at 11.00

Admission - standing £10; seating £12.


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A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


Do tell....Cool


Well they have a large area around the ground that is basically a food court. Over a dozen different stalls selling anything and everything from Mexican to hot dogs to chinese and even a seafood bar.
Just a bit different to a grotty burger van and a few pies
Oh and you have a view of the game from the area too so you can watch the game while stocking up on calories Laugh


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A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


Do tell....Cool


Well they have a large area around the ground that is basically a food court. Over a dozen different stalls selling anything and everything from Mexican to hot dogs to chinese and even a seafood bar.
Just a bit different to a grotty burger van and a few pies
Oh and you have a view of the game from the area too so you can watch the game while stocking up on calories Laugh


Sounds like my kind of placeCool especially like the sound of the seafood bar.



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A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


Do tell....Cool


Well they have a large area around the ground that is basically a food court. Over a dozen different stalls selling anything and everything from Mexican to hot dogs to chinese and even a seafood bar.
Just a bit different to a grotty burger van and a few pies
Oh and you have a view of the game from the area too so you can watch the game while stocking up on calories Laugh


Sounds like my kind of placeCool especially like the sound of the seafood bar.


Yep. Cant be many sports grounds where you can get lobster


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Can't you get lobster at Villa Park ? Or am I thinking of crabs..............................................


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Yep. Cant be many sports grounds where you can get lobster


exactly, though looking at some food prices at grounds, you'd think there were serving caviar.....Tongue



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10 day holiday in Toronto and New York so a good chance for 3 new grounds
Tuesday 2 June Toronto BlueJays 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Rogers Centre (formally Sky Dome)
Seat behind home plate $55 Programme $5
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Not the best place to watch baseball but a decent game with a fantastic pitching performance from Roy Halliday.
Ground only half full so not much atmosphere
Monday 8 June New York Yankees 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays
New Yankee Stadium
Seat in right field $72 Programme $10
First season in the new ground for the skanks replacing one of the true iconic stadiums in world sport.
And I was underwhelmed. A souless place inhabited by glory hunters/tourists/Obnoxious people
Game was so so and the programme was double the usual price
Tuesday 9 June New York Mets 6-5 Phillidelphia Phillies
Citifield
Seat in left field $78 Programme $5
Oh boy did I save the best till last. Like the other New York team the Mets are in a new ground this year and its a big improvement on the old one.
A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


I take it you had some prime seats at those prices. I paid $5 each for some (high-up of course) seats at Shea in 2007......a beer was more than the entry feeShocked



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10 day holiday in Toronto and New York so a good chance for 3 new grounds
Tuesday 2 June Toronto BlueJays 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Rogers Centre (formally Sky Dome)
Seat behind home plate $55 Programme $5
Att 26809
Not the best place to watch baseball but a decent game with a fantastic pitching performance from Roy Halliday.
Ground only half full so not much atmosphere
Monday 8 June New York Yankees 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays
New Yankee Stadium
Seat in right field $72 Programme $10
First season in the new ground for the skanks replacing one of the true iconic stadiums in world sport.
And I was underwhelmed. A souless place inhabited by glory hunters/tourists/Obnoxious people
Game was so so and the programme was double the usual price
Tuesday 9 June New York Mets 6-5 Phillidelphia Phillies
Citifield
Seat in left field $78 Programme $5
Oh boy did I save the best till last. Like the other New York team the Mets are in a new ground this year and its a big improvement on the old one.
A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


I take it you had some prime seats at those prices. I paid $5 each for some (high-up of course) seats at Shea in 2007......a beer was more than the entry feeShocked


Was on the second level but front row about 10 yard infield of the foul line in left.
One of the gripes by Mets fans of the new park is the pricing. The cheapest ticket for the game I was at was $15 although you can get cheaper for lesser games.
Shea held 56000 and last season the average gate was a touch over 50000. Citifield holds 42000 so I think it was inevitable the prices would rise to cover the loss of capacity. But that does sound a bit dumb really building a new ground smaller than your average crowd. It is a lovely park though to be honest. The entrance hall is dedicated to Jackie Robinson and is truly spectacular. Oh and the beers are still expensive. 6.50 each


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Sunday 14th June 2009

SCF 2nd's 178 all out (39.4), Springfield 2nd's 141 all out (35.4)


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Saturday 13th June 2009

Premier League Speedway.

Stoke Potters 56 - 37 Scunthorpe Scorpions.

Admission: £14 (inc free programme)

Great night of speedway stoke rather ran away with it towards the end, scunthorpe were poor to be honest though. Back again next saturday to Loomer Road for what will be my 2nd last speedway meeting of the year.


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I was in Toronto last summer & also took in a game at Rogers centre. Not sure if the roof was open when you were there but the view of the CN tower looming above the stadium is stunning.
Great atmosphere, friendly folk and good food at a reasonable price. Roy 'Doc' Halladay is widely regarded as possibly the best pitcher in the AL.



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No the roof was shut but the following evening i watched some of the game from up the tower as the roof was open.
Halliday was superb that game. 14 Ks and apart from one inning when the Angels put 4 up it was zeros all the way.
Did really well with pitchers over the 3 games. Halliday, Pettite, Rivera, Santana and K-Rod all pitched. Some nice big names there.
I see you have Mr Pujols as your avatar. Redbirds fan ?


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No, I'm a Jays fan but that was a cool Avatar & Albert Pujols is 'Top drawer'
Nice line up of pitchers.
I've just been watching the Angels @ The Giants on MLB.TV. I try to catch a game most evenings.



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Well I have to agree he is a fine player.
Mets fan myself but have adopted the Jays as my AL team after watching them. Picked up a Halliday T-Shirt while there.
God bless MLBtv where would I be without it


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Well I have to agree he is a fine player.
Mets fan myself but have adopted the Jays as my AL team after watching them. Picked up a Halliday T-Shirt while there.
God bless MLBtv where would I be without it


Watching games on NASN, which comes free with Setanta Sports for me?Wink

I follow the Mets too.



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Well I have to agree he is a fine player.
Mets fan myself but have adopted the Jays as my AL team after watching them. Picked up a Halliday T-Shirt while there.
God bless MLBtv where would I be without it


Watching games on NASN, which comes free with Setanta Sports for me?Wink

I follow the Mets too.


I got NASN too or ESPN America as they now call it. Trouble is with that you have to watch the game they show. With MLBtv any game is live on demand or you can watch archived games. I subscribed at the start of the season and it cost about £60 for the whole season. Or you can subscribe month to month, for anyone serious about Baseball its a fantastic offer. Just wish they would sort out that 5 hour time difference then I wouldnt be up till 3 or 4am watching games Shocked


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Jersey 20/20 Semi (actually 15 overs of 8 balls each)

Walkovers 143-7

Hautlians 137-6


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Currently posting this from Barcelona, where I shall be watching Catalans v Warrington at the Stadi Olimpico tomorrow night!



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Premier League KO Cup : Hayley Stadium. Newport Wasps 40 Redcar Bears 50. Att 400 est. Adm £13.50. Prog £2. Agg 78-102

This stadium is located on the same retail park as Newport County's Spytty Park - turn left at McDonalds (instead of going in - you're better off,really) and it appears on the left at the end of Longditch Road. It's quite new, being built for the Wasps renaissance in 1997 and features one large elevated cantilever grandstamd with perhaps 1,000 seats with the bar at the top from where it's possible to view the racing. The rest of the stadium is banked hard standing with no other cover. There are no floodlights so afternoon racing it has to be. I don't know if the first leg result put off some potential spectators (52-38 about six weeks ago) but I didn't think the gate totalled much more than 400 though it is quite a sizeable arena. Spotted in attendance were this forum's SWP-Phil and the Champion Mars Bar eater, on a busman's holiday. Redcar did bring a goodly number of fans considering the journey.
A well-stocked and reasonably priced food-bar by the first bend where I indulged in curry 'n chips with a mug of tea at £3.30. Keg beers/cider available from the bar at £2.50.
The racing was competitive and though Newport stuck to it, they were never going to claw back the first leg deficit. Level after 6 heats, Redcar pulled away with former World Champion Gary Havelock reeling off four straight wins to seal the deal.
Rumour has it that Newport are in serious financial difficulty and may close within 6 weeks. It's worth doing the stadium soon if indeed that turns out to be the case.


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RUGBY LEAGUE - Would have done Oxford Cavaliers home game agaInst Kent Ravens, on Kent's Facebook page said it had been switched to a ground in Gillingham and was now a Kent home game.

Result recorded as a 24-0 to Oxford.

Kent have now not played a game since 30th May when they lost 4-70 to Greenwich, last three games are recorded as 24-0 defeats.

League / Division now has five 24-0 out of a total of 21 fixtures.


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Saturday 20 June
Super League
Catalans 12 Warrington 24[/]
at the Estadi Olympic de Montjuic, Barcelona

The first ever professional rugby league game in Spain and over 18,000 in attendance - apparently 12k had made the 2 hour journey from Perpignan and 2000 came over from the UK meaning that around 4000 locals had taken the plunge.

Decent game but facilities left a lot to be desired - no wonder Espanyol have moved out! Dirty seats. Ropey bacon on tough baguette for 3 euros.

Decent programme for 3 euros but not as much English content as is normal for a Catalans home game although I suppose that's understandable.

Barcelona is a great city but part of me is looking forward to going back to Perpignan next year.



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I spent yesterday at a rather good cup cricket game in the third round (last 16) of the Club Cricket Conference Cup (successor to the Evening Standard competition).

The scores were Bexley 264-9 (45) Bickley Park 254 (44.2)

On paper, Bexley shouldn't have won this one - they had none of their front line bowlers playing, while Bickley Park were short of only Martin Saggers from their first choice team. That they did win it was down to superb fielding, decent bowling from their makeshift attack (their wicketkeeper Jibran Khan was pressed into an emergency bowling role, and turned out to be pretty good!), and panic from Bickley Park.

Since the favourites Bromley went out yesterday as well (beaten at East Molesey), this competition has been thrown wide open.


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RUGBY LEAGUE - Would have done Oxford Cavaliers home game agaInst Kent Ravens, on Kent's Facebook page said it had been switched to a ground in Gillingham and was now a Kent home game.

Result recorded as a 24-0 to Oxford.

Kent have now not played a game since 30th May when they lost 4-70 to Greenwich, last three games are recorded as 24-0 defeats.

League / Division now has five 24-0 out of a total of 21 fixtures.

Kent Ravens withdrew from Conference yesterday.So my proposed visit to Swindon St George 's new ground on Saturday is OFF

LATE NEWS Just heard in last few minutes that Cambridge Eagles have resigned too.No other news yet,i.e if either clubs will continue playing London League on a Merit basis.



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London and South Division now five clubs

Greenwich Played 6 Points 10
Swindon Played 6 Points 7
Southampton Played 6 Points 5
Oxford Played 5 Points 4
Guildford Played 5 Points 2

Table above I think is correct and that still includes a 24-0 for Oxford over Guildford.

Oxford have only managed to play one home game this season, through no fault of their own.


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London and South Division now five clubs

Greenwich Played 6 Points 10
Swindon Played 6 Points 7
Southampton Played 6 Points 5
Oxford Played 5 Points 4
Guildford Played 5 Points 2

Table above I think is correct and that still includes a 24-0 for Oxford over Guildford.

Oxford have only managed to play one home game this season, through no fault of their own.



My mistake Oxford have "played" three home games, lost (Greenwich), won (Southampton) and awarded (Guildford), plus two away defeats at Swindon and Greenwich.


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Leicester Phoenix 56 v Telford Raiders 8

After an early score for the visitors, Phoenix controlled the game and ran out comfortable winners.



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Moorends-Thorne Marauders (24) 36 v Cottingham Phoenix (4) 8
Rugby League Conference Yorkshire Premier
Attendance 75ish. No admission - donations collected into flatcap during second half.
Played on a barriered pitch on the Recreation Ground adjacent to Thorne Colliery FC and the Cricket Ground.
Moorends went 2nd in the table after this convincing win over 3rd placed Cottingham in a whole heated game.


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27 June 2006
Rugby League Conference Midland Premier Division
Birmingham 70 Gloucester 6
Match abandoned in the 23rd minute of the 2nd half.
at Aston Old Edwardians RFC

Not going to count this one either as a ground or a game.
Bit of a farcical one - Birmingham 18-0 within 7 minutes then one way traffic.
It was only at the beginning of the second half I realised that Gloucester had only brought nine players!
Ref played 34 minutes in the first half then 22 in the second - by which time Gloucester were down to 8 men due to injury.
I believe that the result will stand due to passing the official 60th minute.
Probably a mistake playing a game at the same time as the British Lions RU game was being staged! Although Birmingham had a full complement of 17 players it appeared that half the Gloucester players stayed at home for the TV match.

So, as stated before, it's not going into the info below!



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I was all set to spend the day decorating before the footie starts next week but at 1.00 I had not started and to be honest couldn`t be Ar*ed! So it was a last Minute decision to go to see the new Conference RL side at Guildford.
Guildford Giants 30 Greenwich Admirals 40 - Guildford play at Guildford rugby club in Godalming, if coming by car it is on the main Guildford to godalming road and is just before you come to Godalming Town football Club. The clubhouse had 2 bars both packed as the locals watched the Big screen in the Function room and 2 tellys in the Lounge bar showing the South Africa v British Lions game. This probably had an effect on the Spectators watching the Giants game which was played on the Back Pitch behind the clubhouse. I counted 7 spectators including me and my wife, who did not seem to be connected to One of the Teams. The more experienced Admirals ran up an early 16-0 lead and it looked like a Whitewash was on the cards but The Giants fought back and early in the Second Half they trailed by just 6 points but The Admirals stretched the lead to 40-20 only to see Giants hit back with Two Tries to make the scoreline respectable. Good battling performance by the Giants though the Final result was never in doubt. - Now where are those brushes Wink



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28 June 2009
Super League
Warrington 24 Hull 12
at the Halliwell Jones Stadium

Back to normal RL and a 2nd consecutive 24-12 win for the Wire. A lacklustre first half saw the home side take control in the second and further strengthen a play-off place.

On the downside, my train back to Wolverhampton was almost an hour late meaning I could only catch the last 7 minutes of Hull KR v Wigan.



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An unusual weekend for me, watching two Twenty20 matches at the Oval (Sat) and Lords (Sunday.) Main point of interest was the weather. Thankfully, Saturday's thunderstorms did not show up until I had reached Bounds Green (nearest tube to my home) after the game but Sunday was a real surprise.

Sundays' forecast had been for 29 centigrade in London but temps were actually average with overcast skies and a 30 minute delay between innings due to some (relatively light) rain. But nice to see that the obnoxious city boy types who fill Lord's for 5.30pm starts were absent this time. I cannot stand these arseholes who never buy programmes or scorecards despite their immense wealth and seem to think it's just an excuse to drink champagne.

I've stopped attending these 5.30pm starts for this very reason. And you won't ever see me at a floodlit cricket match. It's just not cricket!


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Torfaen Tigers 18 Bridgend Blue bulls 58
Sat 27 June 12.10 ko
New Panteg RU
Attn 73

Early ko because more players wanted to watch RU on tellyCrazy
New ground for me, Torfaen did apparently play a couple of games here in 2003 but I missed those.
Using this ground this season as Pontypool Utd is being reseeded,but chairman says maybe a permanent switch,they'll decide at end of season.
This game played on 2nd pitch as main (railed) pitch was lined out but only had one set of posts Crazy. No programme today ,but no admission either.



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Saturday 4th July - Three Rivers Brewery, Stockport

May not be sport, but it is raising club funds, a large group of us are visiting Three Rivers brewery with bands, buffet, disco after. Hoping to get the final Lions test recorded as I'm stopping at a mate's; and he has Sky. If I can find the Aussie Rules highlights show on Eurosport, that too.

Following it up with 'Looking for Eric' at the cinema on Sunday, which features a number of FC-ers.



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An unusual weekend for me, watching two Twenty20 matches at the Oval (Sat) and Lords (Sunday.)

I too was at Lord's on Sunday - and as a Sussex supporter I found the outcome very satisfying. Always a pleasure to visit Lord's, which is a lovely cricket ground. I watched the first innings from the Grand Stand and the second from the Mount Stand. But it just wouldn't be Lord's if you didn't run in to an obstructive and bad-tempered official or two. The bloke behind the ticket window had obviously got out of the wrong side of bed that morning, and the girl selling scorecards was not exactly charm personified. But roll on some proper cricket with enough overs to satisfy. 20x20 seems to mean 20 quid to get in for about 20 minutes of action.


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Horse Racing

Thursday July 2

Perth

Going - Good to Firm
Admission - £12 (£15 less £3 discount for Racegoers' Club Membership)
Programme - £2
Food - Fish and chips (excellent quality) £6, bottle of water £1.50 (black mark for that price)

A beautiful presented track with the turf in excellent condition. Weather was warm and sticky, but pelasant in the centre of the track with a nice breeze blowing from the north

2.20 A moderate novice hurdle won comfortably by Irish challenger Pengana.

2.50 A decent looking novice chase, the Irish scoring again with VALERIUS and the form looks very sound with second AGGIE'S LAD and third NO PANIC performing well enough to suggest they can all win subsequent races.

3.20 An interesting prospect in former point-to-pointer INTENSE SUSPENSE just held on in a tight finish. On the face of it not great form, but this one's long raking stride suggest there's better to come over long distances.

It was over to the centre of the course by the final fence for the next two steeplechases. It's great close up view of the action and, for those of us who like to draw our own conclusions on the race, a nice spot to avoid the race commentary!

3.50 A plodders' fest staying handicap chase won by Banbury-based KELTIC LORD, suited by the chance to get an uncontested lead and by the fast ground.

4.20 A decent handicap chase won by a 'returning to form' ABRAGANTE who had been running well but without much impact in better class races. His trainer Peter Montieth was clearly rather peeved at being questioned over Abragante's apaprent improvement as he held an animated conversation about the matter in earshot of a few of us.

4.50 A run-of-the-mill long distance hurdle won in decent style by the 'running into form' Imtihan. The rather quirky Essifer stayed on for second but avoided winning as per usual!

5.20 Backers went for young point-to-point winner Screenscraper was made favourite. It can't have been a competitive point he won since paddock inspection suggests he has a lot of growing to do and it will be a year or two before he's at full strength. Previous winner Now This Is It took advantage of the favourite's weakness. This race shows how off track punters can be at a disadvantage to those able to view horses live.

Rob


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10 day holiday in Toronto and New York so a good chance for 3 new grounds
Tuesday 2 June Toronto BlueJays 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Rogers Centre (formally Sky Dome)
Seat behind home plate $55 Programme $5
Att 26809
Not the best place to watch baseball but a decent game with a fantastic pitching performance from Roy Halliday.
Ground only half full so not much atmosphere
Monday 8 June New York Yankees 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays
New Yankee Stadium
Seat in right field $72 Programme $10
First season in the new ground for the skanks replacing one of the true iconic stadiums in world sport.
And I was underwhelmed. A souless place inhabited by glory hunters/tourists/Obnoxious people
Game was so so and the programme was double the usual price
Tuesday 9 June New York Mets 6-5 Phillidelphia Phillies
Citifield
Seat in left field $78 Programme $5
Oh boy did I save the best till last. Like the other New York team the Mets are in a new ground this year and its a big improvement on the old one.
A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.



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10 day holiday in Toronto and New York so a good chance for 3 new grounds
Tuesday 2 June Toronto BlueJays 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Rogers Centre (formally Sky Dome)
Seat behind home plate $55 Programme $5
Att 26809
Not the best place to watch baseball but a decent game with a fantastic pitching performance from Roy Halliday.
Ground only half full so not much atmosphere
Monday 8 June New York Yankees 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays
New Yankee Stadium
Seat in right field $72 Programme $10
First season in the new ground for the skanks replacing one of the true iconic stadiums in world sport.
And I was underwhelmed. A souless place inhabited by glory hunters/tourists/Obnoxious people
Game was so so and the programme was double the usual price
Tuesday 9 June New York Mets 6-5 Phillidelphia Phillies
Citifield
Seat in left field $78 Programme $5
Oh boy did I save the best till last. Like the other New York team the Mets are in a new ground this year and its a big improvement on the old one.
A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.



Come on Villahopper. Own up to where else you've been with your different anorak on Cool


You just want to get me into trouble dont you.
Lets just say I went to an event in France with teams from UK Switzerland Portugal Belgium Morocco amongst others.
The UK team were in Red


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Sounds as if Villahopper doesn't want to be outed Blush

Anyway today, a couple of hours at

Broomfield : Birmingham League 1 : Stratford 104 Smethwick 107-3 in 21 overs. No adm/prog. Att 50 ish

A clash between the top two in Div 1 of the highly competitive Birmingham League with promoted Smethwick aiming to topple leaders Stratford on their way to regaining the Premier Division place they lost a dozen or so years ago.
For such a good level league - there were several county squad players on show including Worcs' Moeen Ali as well as his brother Omar for the homesters - the crowds remain perennially poor. Nowt wrong with Broomfield as a venue (except that it's in Smethwick !) with more than enough seats in front of the decent pavilion from where many Asian specialities can be enjoyed as well as lots of fizzy ales and ciders.
The game was done and dusted by 5 o'clock as Stratford struggled to pass the ton and Smethwick sped home with one eye no doubt on the ominous clouds that finally burst no more than 5 minutes after the winning runs had been hit.
Not quite the carnival that surrounded the club in the nineties when Wasim Akram and his entourage set up here for a while but good fun nonetheless.


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Nottingham Outlaws 30 Bramley Buffaloes 22 (Rugby League Conference National)

Admission £2 Prog. £2 Att. 120 h/c

A cracking match with top of the table Bramley losing their unbeaten record to 4th place Nottingham.
Outlaws play at Lady Bay former home of Boots Atheltic now taken over by Nottingham Rugby. Despite formerly being one of England's better Rugby Union clubs their new ground is very basic, several pitches but no stands,cover or even a rail on any of them, although one pitch is floodlit. There are also facilities for cricket, hockey and 5 a side football. Not sure if it was the same pitch I saw Boots play on, but I think it was probably was.
Nottingham dominated the first 60 minutes of the game against a petulant Bramley side who winged at every decision given against them and kicked the ball away in disgust several times without punishment.
Eventually they had a player sent-off for a high-tackle, this seemed to spur them on and they pulled the score back to 24-22 before conceding a late try.
A good day's entertainment at a bargain price.
Incidentally from the ground you can see floodlit sports grounds at Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Trent Bridge, plus the floodlit Rugby and Hockey/5 a side pitches at the Lady Bay complex.



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Oxford Cavaliers (4) 20

Swindon St George (30) 48

London & South Division (now just five clubs covering a very large area)

Played at Stratfield Brake, Kidlington - home of Gosford All Blacks RUFC, Kidlington CC and ex home of Garden City FC ex OSL.

Attendance 20 (headcount)

Admission n/a

Bar in large complex next to pitch open for refreshments

Game kicked off 15 minutes late as Oxford were struggling for numbers, 4-4 after five minutes, both trys looked a bit strange, Swindon's scored first and the "sir" gave a try, Oxford thinking they had the ball after the 6th tackle and turnover. Oxford then scored with a try which looked though there were at least two obstructions. Oxford then had a couple of injuries and were playing under strength including "Bulldog" who runs the club and would make a very good "template" for a traveller. I thought the referee was quite poor and dispite Swindon being the better team he seemed to be giving a lot of desicions against Oxford. A couple of not releasing at the tackle went Swindon's way when you could see the Swindon player was holding the Oxford player down on top of him. Half-time 4-30.

The 2nd half was again going Swindon's way and was 4-42, there was an incident on the side of the field and the Swindon touch judge said a Oxford player had elbowed a Swindon player, the referee gave Swindon a penalty. Oxford then asked why the Referee was taking advise from a Swindon official who seemed only to be pointing out things in Swindon's favour !. There had also been a few passes that looked forward that had not been picked up. The referee then started to give everything to Oxford and the game ended up 20-48 with Oxford scoring two trys in the space of 3 minutes. Oxford finished the game with a stronger team than started it as a number of players turned up just before half-time. Both teams seemed to be better at attacking than defending. Oxford could not catch the ball from Swindon's kicks and a number of Swindon players though very good seemed to struggle with League rules.

Despite 15 trys being scored only 4 convertions were made, two by each team. Swindon scoring only twice out of 11 attempts.


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Superleague. Odsal Stadium : Bradford Bulls 38 Castleford Tigers 40. Att 8,971. Adm £17. Prog £3

Been meaning to tick this ground for years and it was well worth the wait.

Easily accessed just off the spur motorway heading into Bradford city centre, only the floodlights and turnstile entrances are visible from the road. You enter...and descend into a spectacular bowl of a stadium which, although only a shadow of its former self, is still visually stunning. The only cover is the large stand on the far side - the remainder is a terrace lovers delight although the right hand end now has some kind of leisure facility with some seats bolted onto the frontage. Todays gate was just under 9,000 which reflects the shocking season the Bulls are having. If you can, trace the old photos of Odsal with it's 100,000+ attendance; today the capacity is rarely tested but I guess it's approaching 30,000 although no doubt Elfin Safety would have something to say.
Loads of food and drink outlets - small pie and peas was £3; pints similarly priced.
We started under clouds but they dissipated and we sweltered for the rest of a fantastic game between two poorish sides. The lead changed hands many times and Cas only won because Bradford couldn't convert their last-gasp try. Brilliant entertainment in an unforgettable setting.


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Saturday 4th July 2009

Stoke Potters 47 - 43 Birmingham Brummies

Premier League Speedway

Admission: £14

Programme: FREE

An entertaining meeting saw Stoke win a last heat decider to claim 2 pts from this meeting. Brummies pushed them close all the way though.

On another note it was more liek a Brummies home meeting the amount of support they had, well done to all the Brum fans.


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Superleague. Odsal Stadium : Bradford Bulls 38 Castleford Tigers 40. Att 8,971. Adm £17. Prog £3

Been meaning to tick this ground for years and it was well worth the wait.

Easily accessed just off the spur motorway heading into Bradford city centre, only the floodlights and turnstile entrances are visible from the road. You enter...and descend into a spectacular bowl of a stadium which, although only a shadow of its former self, is still visually stunning. The only cover is the large stand on the far side - the remainder is a terrace lovers delight although the right hand end now has some kind of leisure facility with some seats bolted onto the frontage. Todays gate was just under 9,000 which reflects the shocking season the Bulls are having. If you can, trace the old photos of Odsal with it's 100,000+ attendance; today the capacity is rarely tested but I guess it's approaching 30,000 although no doubt Elfin Safety would have something to say.
Loads of food and drink outlets - small pie and peas was £3; pints similarly priced.
We started under clouds but they dissipated and we sweltered for the rest of a fantastic game between two poorish sides. The lead changed hands many times and Cas only won because Bradford couldn't convert their last-gasp try. Brilliant entertainment in an unforgettable setting.



I went in 1985 for the World Speedway Final, the right hand end for a number of years was the pits area for Speedway. Along with The Shay it must be one ground that has "three ticks" against it for a number of people on this board.


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Superleague. Odsal Stadium : Bradford Bulls 38 Castleford Tigers 40. Att 8,971. Adm £17. Prog £3

Been meaning to tick this ground for years and it was well worth the wait.

Easily accessed just off the spur motorway heading into Bradford city centre, only the floodlights and turnstile entrances are visible from the road. You enter...and descend into a spectacular bowl of a stadium which, although only a shadow of its former self, is still visually stunning. The only cover is the large stand on the far side - the remainder is a terrace lovers delight although the right hand end now has some kind of leisure facility with some seats bolted onto the frontage. Todays gate was just under 9,000 which reflects the shocking season the Bulls are having. If you can, trace the old photos of Odsal with it's 100,000+ attendance; today the capacity is rarely tested but I guess it's approaching 30,000 although no doubt Elfin Safety would have something to say.
Loads of food and drink outlets - small pie and peas was £3; pints similarly priced.
We started under clouds but they dissipated and we sweltered for the rest of a fantastic game between two poorish sides. The lead changed hands many times and Cas only won because Bradford couldn't convert their last-gasp try. Brilliant entertainment in an unforgettable setting.



I went in 1985 for the World Speedway Final, the right hand end for a number of years was the pits area for Speedway. Along with The Shay it must be one ground that has "three ticks" against it for a number of people on this board.



We were saying what a good venue it must have been for speedway. In my view, still one of the great stadiums of England and a must-do, preferably before they develop. Rumour has it that the site is to be filled-in and a new stadium built on top which strikes me as totally unnecessary.


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I went in 1985 for the World Speedway Final, the right hand end for a number of years was the pits area for Speedway. Along with The Shay it must be one ground that has "three ticks" against it for a number of people on this board.



We were saying what a good venue it must have been for speedway. In my view, still one of the great stadiums of England and a must-do, preferably before they develop. Rumour has it that the site is to be filled-in and a new stadium built on top which strikes me as totally unnecessary.



The only small down side was the track was rather big and sweeping, other than that it was fine. It did not suffer like some tracks around pitch's that tend to have tight "square" corners, the Shay being an example, or being like the "Wall of Death" that was Exeter. When you watch the Rugby on TV you can see the pitch at Odsal rises in the corners where the grass is now over the track.

The 1985 final had a 1,2,3 of Erik Gundersen, Hans Neilsen and Sam Ermolenko.

There has been various rumours of Odsals demise over the years, but it is surely a one off and should be kept. With a record attendance of 102,569 it is one of England's greatest venues for sport.


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Horse Racing

I should tick off racecourse number 41 next week as we are off to the Lake District for a week, taking in a jewel of British jump racing at Cartmel, not forgetting the chance to partake of a portion or three of the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, mmmm.

Carlisel should be next on the list come the autumn, and I'm getting through the courses at about three a year currently, so I should finish in about 7 or 8 years time. Holidays to Devon (for Exeter and Newton Abbot), South Wales (for Ffos Las and Chepstow) and Norfolk (for Fakenham and Yarmouth) are due during that time, I reckon. Apart from Folkestone that would leave me a rump of course to finish off in Yorkshire and the East Midlands. Then I reckon a few tours of Ireland won't go amiss!


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I should tick off racecourse number 41 next week as we are off to the Lake District for a week, taking in a jewel of British jump racing at Cartmel, not forgetting the chance to partake of a portion or three of the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, mmmm.

Carlisel should be next on the list come the autumn, and I'm getting through the courses at about three a year currently, so I should finish in about 7 or 8 years time. Holidays to Devon (for Exeter and Newton Abbot), South Wales (for Ffos Las and Chepstow) and Norfolk (for Fakenham and Yarmouth) are due during that time, I reckon. Apart from Folkestone that would leave me a rump of course to finish off in Yorkshire and the East Midlands. Then I reckon a few tours of Ireland won't go amiss!



When I used to be on the road alot for work and listening to Radio 5, Cartmel was always one track that got more than it's far share of coverage if they had a meeting. Is in it a wood or something. The porks pies at Ludlow also used to get a lot of coverage.


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Rob,

I'm just getting started visiting race tracks. In the spring I moved to within a mile of Kempton Park so thought it would be rude not to pay a visit. Having thoroughly enjoyed it track-hopping was, I guess, the inevitable outcome...

Do you have any favourites/least favourites of the tracks you've visited? I rather liked Brighton last weekend with the track following the ridge round (although that was helped by the sun beating down and walking off £100 better off).

Sticky toffee pudding does sound like the sort of criteria that should come into deciding a destination, hope it lives up to expectation.


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I'm going to Stratford Races on Sunday. It's family day with vouchers from the local rag admitting 2 adults for £14 with under 16's free. If the weather's good, then they can get around 20,000 for this meeting which means unduly long queues at the bars - bring a cool box ! Loads going on to amuse the kids and all in all it's a course in a pleasant setting along the Avon a couple of miles out of town.

Some racing happens as well...................


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Do you have any favourites/least favourites of the tracks you've visited? I rather liked Brighton last weekend with the track following the ridge round (although that was helped by the sun beating down and walking off £100 better off).


I've only done about a dozen or so, but Chester is far and away my favourite.

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acmold

Cartmel racecourse is pretty much in the centre of the village, a great big village green really, behind the village shop, that's the 'Sticky Toffee Pudding' shop! There's a wood down one side where the going is often a bit softer as the moisture stays in the ground, hence you sometimes get the unique going report such as 'Good, Soft on the woodside'. There's also a Priory alongside the course. The course has a half-mile flat section to the finish after the last steeplechase fence which is the longest 'run-in' on British racecourses. It's only a mile round and their longest race 'The Veterans National' is run over very nearly four circuits!
Cartmel And District FC(W. Lancs League) play in the centre of the course as do the village cricket club.

Wheelbarrow

My favourite is Perth which is one of my locals. Lovely setting, good atmosphere and decent viewing even from ground level. Of the Scottish courses there's only Ayr that I'm not madly keen on, though even then I have a soft spot for the place since an owner recently invited me along to do 'the owner bit' in the paddock when his horse ran.
I really like Sandown. The facilities are excellent and the viewing as good as any course.
Cheltenham is a grand area fit for the top jumping event.
The view from the top of the stand at Ludlow is superb, delightful countryside around and a lovely course, and much can be said for the viewing on top of the 'Old Stand' at Kelso.
Goodwood on a sunny day takes some beating.
I'm glad you liked Brighton. I've always liked the course even though some slag it off for the quality of racing and its location. Like you I've often found finding winners fairly straight forward at Brighton. I've always travelled there by train and the walk up Race Hill is good for keeping fit!
If there's one course I'm not keen on it's Newmarket. The layout means that for the longer races the horses are out of sight for a fair way and the place does not make for good viewing. Class racing does not make up for poor viewing in my opinion. Kempton isn't brilliant either, I've always found it soul-less even before they put down the All-Weather track. The place just never gets decent crowds other than for the Boxing Day meeting.

buncranaboy

The viewing isn't brilliant at Stratford, the stands are 'chocolate fireguard class' so you may be reliant on the big screen. There is one spot you can see practically all of the course, but I'd keep it hush-hush, so PM me today if you want to know.


Rob


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Thanks for all the notes about racecourses gents, I'll enjoy comparing notes as I make my way around.

I see what you mean about Kempton, I went for a Wednesday night meeting there and it was very quiet, to the point of not being entirely convinced the meeting was on as I walked down the road towards the entrance about 15 minutes before the first race!

Off to Ascot today, then probably next up are Epsom, Newbury, Lingfield and maybe Goodwood for a day of the festival at the end of the month. Not sure if I can fit Stratford in this weekend but it's a part of the country I like so I'm looking forward to that eventually.


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Only tracks I have done were Brighton and Newbury on trips from my pub and Salisbury when we got 2 Complimentary tickets from the brewery when I was Secretary at Sandhurst Sports Club. All 3 occassions I got so Pi**ed I don` t remember much about it apart from getting a lift back from Salisbury from Wokingham Town Manager Roy Merryweather. The only other track ticked was Ascot as I worked there in Royal Ascot week after I was made redundant in 2004.



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I know I haven't been on here for a while but I feel this one is note-worthy.
Yorkshire & Derbyshire League T20 Winston Cup 2nd Round
We beat Dronfield Sports Contact. Bakewell beat Dronfield Sports Contact. Final game of the day, we notched up 105-3 and bowled Bakewell out for 98 with 2 balls to go to reach the Finals Day on Sept 12th at Hundall CC. Our potential opponents are Stocksbridge, Dronfield Woodhouse or Sheffield Centralians. Hoping Club are away that day (and yes I have paid my £70 for this years season ticket!).



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Rugby League - Co-operative Conference - East

Northampton Casuals 34 St Ives Roosters 26

Admission: Free
Programme: None
Crowd: approx 80


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Saturday 11th July 2009:

1pm: Warrington Wolves Reserves 6 - 68 St Helens Reserves

Admission: £3
Programme: NONE

St Helens were absolutely wonderful to watch and wolves were poor, saints could really have taken it to 100+ if they had really wanted to.

6pm: Warrington Wolves 26 - 40 St Helens

Admission: £17
Programme: £3

A very tight and entertaining match which looked at one point if the Wolves would end there Saints Halliwell Jones hoodoo. But last 10 minutes Wolves fell apart and lost. Great atmosphere best i've seen at the Halliwell Jones stadium for a long time.


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10 day holiday in Toronto and New York so a good chance for 3 new grounds
Tuesday 2 June Toronto BlueJays 6-4 Los Angeles Angels
Rogers Centre (formally Sky Dome)
Seat behind home plate $55 Programme $5
Att 26809
Not the best place to watch baseball but a decent game with a fantastic pitching performance from Roy Halliday.
Ground only half full so not much atmosphere
Monday 8 June New York Yankees 5-3 Tampa Bay Rays
New Yankee Stadium
Seat in right field $72 Programme $10
First season in the new ground for the skanks replacing one of the true iconic stadiums in world sport.
And I was underwhelmed. A souless place inhabited by glory hunters/tourists/Obnoxious people
Game was so so and the programme was double the usual price
Tuesday 9 June New York Mets 6-5 Phillidelphia Phillies
Citifield
Seat in left field $78 Programme $5
Oh boy did I save the best till last. Like the other New York team the Mets are in a new ground this year and its a big improvement on the old one.
A cracking atmosphere a cracking game and the biggest and most diverse selection of food I have ever seen at a sporting event.


I have just got back from Florida and last Sunday wife daughter son & me went to see:- Tampa Bay Rays 3 Oakland As 7 Tropicana Field, St Petersburg Adm $26 each An indoor air conditioned arena which can hold 60,000. I had little idea of what was going on but it was a great spectacle and a stattos dream!! Food and drink galore with lots of locals and toursits having a whale of a time. It's definitely given me ideas as to how we can develop Northmoor Park, and has to how we can revitalise the Scotter Utd brand with a new catchy name. Unforunately the immediate thing that springs to mind after last seasons efforts and a visit to Sea World is the Scotter Manatees, although that is being a tad harsh on the manatees as some of their movements are quite graceful. Wink




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I popped down to Huddersfield Rams v Liverpool Eagles Aussie Rules today at Lockwood Park, Huddersfield (Huddersfield RUFC home ground) - but it has been moved to tomorrow at 1pm. Back again then!



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National League Speedway : West Row. Mildenhall 43 Scunthorpe 49. Att c.400. Adm £10.Prog £2. Fish and chips £5. Cider £2.70

I was in two minds whether or not to head the 135 miles east given the mixed forecast but the weather looked okay when I awoke at midday Cool so I took the chance.
Speedway specialises in out-of-the-way venues and this one must be fun to attempt by public transport. It's about 4 miles north of Mildenhall, just outside the village of West Row in an area full of airbases, therefore no doubt well-known to Villahopper. Isolated maybe, but a fine little stadium nevertheless. Free parking outside and plenty of covered terracing greeted me as I wandered in through the pit area by mistake!
The home straight has a covered terrace most of its length and the facilties continue round to the second bend atop which is a magnificent food emporium - fish and chips the order of the day and all washed down with crisp cider from the spacious clubhouse/bar alongside. It all looked very smart indeed - a year ago it looked as though the club might disappear altogether after losing every single meeting last season; they decided to regroup in this years National League and are finding their feet again. I suspect they may be bottom of this league now as the programme didn't have a table............
The programme did say that crowds were on the up again and reminisced about a decisive meeting against Rye House on this track in 1979 that drew almost 10,000. Must have been a squeeze!
The track is small (lap record by Kenneth Bjerre 49.81 in 2007) and most of the racewinners were decided halfway through lap one though Scunthorpe did pick up at least 2,maybe 3 points,when stealing third place at the death. We had a thirty minute delay after heat ten when a heavy squall left the meeting in doubt but after some serious heckling the officials decided to wait and then carry on by which time the track was wonderfully slick and the last 5 rides saw the best times. And Mildenhall's No 7 rider Joe Jacobs who claims to be 15 but looks about 9 might just be a prospect................
Well worth it though the drive home was a bleedin' nightmare !


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Sun 19th July 15:00
Lockwood Park (Huddersfield RUFC)
British Australian Rules League Central Division

Hudderfield Rams 34.14 218 Leeds Bombers 8.12 60

Attendance: 30
No entrance fee or programme

I like the venue, a tidy stand (300 I think) just below the Lockwood viaduct (Hudds-Sheff line)
Alas, Liverpool Eagles dropped out so Leeds played against Huddersfield instead of playing the 2nd placed Birmingham. Leeds competed strongly only in the opening minutes of the 1st 3 quarters, later in the quarters their lack of a substitute told.They did score some super goals though and marked well when they had time from set positions. However, the top of the table Rams were utterly dominant in free play, with the number 8 shining particularly. But it was a team effort and might have been more but for the damp conditions (though thankfully only a brief shower during the game) and a pitch that desperately needs mowing. Huddersfield host Birmingham next week, probably a precursor to the Grand Final on August 15th at the same venue.



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19 July 2009
Super League
Huddersfield 28 Warrington 10

A good first 15 minutes for the Wire then it was all one way traffic the other way - too many times the ball was dropped on the first or second tackle.

First time I've ever been to the Ant Farm by train - £34:60 from Wolverhampton via Manchester - ground is about a ten minute walk from the station.

Programme £3 - was probably very interesting for home fans.



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National League Speedway : West Row. Mildenhall 43 Scunthorpe 49. Att c.400. Adm £10.Prog £2. Fish and chips £5. Cider £2.70

The programme did say that crowds were on the up again and reminisced about a decisive meeting against Rye House on this track in 1979 that drew almost 10,000. Must have been a squeeze!

If I remember correctly 1979 saw Mildenhall, Rye House and Oxford have very good sides for the National League, with a number of riders between them who would go onto ride in the British League or who had just stepped down from it. I went to Rye House v Oxford that season, and the crowd was far better than you would get in the Elite League these days, at least 400 / 500 from Oxford were present. I went to Mildenhall in 1977 and it was a good stadium back in those days.


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Greyhound Racing
Kinsley Dog Stadium
Friday 24th July



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Last week European U19 Div 1 cricket in Jersey

6 team league finished

1. Ireland
2. Netherlands
3. Scotland
4. Jersey
5. Denmark
6. Guernsey

only upset to order was Scot d. Irl on last day but not by enough to upset order of top three (decided on net run rate)

top two off to World U19

Jsy & Gsy added (no automatic prom/rel) to top group for first time after joining couple of years back and dominiating U17 Div 2

top 3 were very good and Jsy happy to be 4th and only lost to Scots by 18

Dutch opener Kevezee on Worcs books scored 62, 137*, 155, 100* and then lowish score but took 3-27

Talk of re-organising in to two divs of three playing each other twice

Not good news if yet more Jsy v Gsy games!


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This week running Guernsey Open Junior Tennis Tournament

largely local players

has drizzled most of first two days but able to play on as on astroturf

until early yesterday afternoon it got too heavy even for that


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Thursday July 16

Horse Racing

CARTMEL

Admission - £12 (incl. £3 Racegoers' Club discount)
Parking in Paddock Enclosure - £5, though there's only one charge for this particular meeting and you would be better off parking in the Course Enclosure as you still get access to paddock and stand. Enclosure prices inclduing parking are £20 Paddock and £10 Course for other meetings.
Programme - £2.50 for the standard full colour publication - Why is it Musselburgh can give away a similar programme whereas we get charged £2 or £2.50 elsewhere?
Food - like most people we took a picnic and sat out with that. Plenty of barbecues on the go as well. Some of the course food outlets seem reasonably priced, particularly the range of food from the Holker Hall stall.

This place is definitely an acquired taste. I took me two races to fathom the place and work out the best viewing position.

All parking is in the middle of the course and the finish is on a diagonal straight across the centre of the course. The stand, which consists of about 20 steps of uncovered terracing only has a view of one side of the circuit plus the finishing straight. It is possible to see most of the track from the top steps on one side, but that area is confined to Owners and Trainers and my feeble attempts to blag my way in didn't work.

The meeting is a real 'country festival' type, with most racegoers are content with occasional glimpses of the runners and watching the big screen. There's a hill at one end of the track and I found that is as good a place as any with all six steeplechase fences visible and three out of the four hurdles, though viewing of the finish area is not brilliant and assorted marquees, fairground rides and a bouncy castle block some of the view! Slightly more judicious parking of coaches would mean the fourth hurdle could be seen as well, but I wouldn't be hopeful on that front. The drawback is that the hill is at the opposite end to the paddock and since I like to inspect the contestants before each race it meant a walk of best part of half a mile each way per race. If you like to get up close to the action it's easy to watch from the rail next to the fences and hurdles, and the prized parking/barbecue/picnic positions tend to be in these areas.

The racing itself was low level in quality but nevertheless pretty competitive. Sandhurst won the feature race paying a compliment to the form of No Panic who then franked it by running well at Market Rasen on Saturday. On a line through these two watch out for AGGIE'S LAD (in front of No Panic at Perth) who is entered for the Galway Plate in Ireland next week.

Cartmel currently hold six days racing a year. They race Saturday, Monday and Wednesday around th spring Bank Holiday, this July meeting plus the Saturday and Monday of August Bank Holiday week. Pubs and shops in the village make an absolute mint during race meetings. An extra day is to be added in 2010 with another day's racing on the Thursday after the August Bank Holiday.


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Saturday 18th July 2009 - Co-Operative Championship (RL)
Toulouse Olympique 16-54 Halifax RLFC
Prog (Gay Mon) 2Euros (Cheaper than here) Also free 4 page A4 supplement in French game specific.
Adm - 10 Euro

Fantastic weekend in France, although the beer was more expensive than I would have liked! Unfortunately my French is so basic that I only just learned how to say 'Good Evening' when over there, thank heavens my friend knew some phrases or I'd have been well stumped! Anyway to the rugby! Stade Arnaunes is in the Toulouse suburb of Minimes and is a basic little ground with two covered seated stands running along either side, and 2 open ends behind the sticks. There's a lovely clubhouse behind one end too.
Was a good game of rugby to watch, Toulouse seemed to step back a little allowing Halifax space to cut their defence to shreds. Toulouse didn't play badly and this was emphasised when speaking to the locals, who stated that usually if losing badly, people walk out more than 10 minutes before. Everyone in the 2,000+ crowd stayed right until the end. Food was of the sausage in a baguette variety only but still nice nonetheless.
There was the usual Gay Mon magazine, although a free match specific supplement in French was available and duly pocketed. Entrance was 10 euros - a bargain compared to £14 over here at the same level!
The French folk were lovely too, treated us all with a lot of respect and despite the language barrier, we enjoyed some good banter ( I think ! ). Toulouse is also a lovely place to visit, highly recommended!

Sunday 19th July 2009 - Engage Super League
Catalans Dragons 38-16 Harlequins RL
Prog - 4 Euro, Admission, 13 Euro

A two and a half hour train trek was undertaken to get to Perpignan the next day. We had to change at Narbonne, but the trains ran fairly smoothly though it was fairly pricey (£55 return) however we were travelling around 140 miles. Arriving in Perpignan you would be surprised to think a game was on, the whole town seemed very sleepy with not much open at all and fans around the place non-existent. Starting to worry, we finally found some 'Quins fans walking up toward the ground. Upon arrival at the ground, it was definite a game was going to take place!! However the entry to the ground and beer system is very strange and stupid in my opinion! To get into the Stade Gilbert Brutus you had to buy a ticket first. No pay-on-the-day or turnstile resulting in very big queues as only 4 kiosks open. Some French/Catalonia swearing was also witnessed and was another tick for the day!!
Upon (finally) entering the ground, the programmes had gone back into the shop but we managed to get a couple thankfully. 4 euros for a big glossy A4 effort which was very colourful and covered two games. Hardly any English in it mind! Now to the beer. You couldn't just go up to buy the beer, you had to buy a coloured token and then get to the bar and hand over your token for a pint. Why you couldn't just buy the beer straight away is beyond me.
Catalan looked like they were going to run away with it at one point, but two tries to the Quins got it interesting and a couple of better decisions could have seen the score reduced to 20-16 which would have really made it interesting. As it was Catalan ran in a few more tries to end up comfy winners. The home fans made the game have a belting atmosphere, very impressed at how their lot have taken to the team, although the ridiculously loud 'scoring song' could have been a bit more quieter in future, it didn't help the giant speakers were in front of our stand.
And now to the ground itself, very impressive set up there with a popular side running along one side, and a huge seated stand along the other. One end behind the sticks only has a scoreboard, the other (where I was sat) was open and with non-backed seats, perfect for summer rugby trust me! And entry was for another bargain 13 euros, even Championship clubs charge more than this and its a level lower!
Ended up waiting for a train back to Toulouse which was 40 minutes late, and had a very long stopover in Narbonne. Somehow, we got back on time? Still not sure how this happened!

Also we enjoyed real ale in more than one pub on our trip. Both the George & Dragon, and Frog & Rosbif had cask ales on, the latter with about 6 different ones to sample! An excellent trip, can't wait for next year already!



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And the sticky toffee pudding...?

Ascot a couple of weeks back was slightly staggering, the scale of the stand there. Newbury last Friday was very pleasant if a little, ahem, damp. I got there at 12.30 just as the first spots of rain started, going good to firm, firm in places. By the time the first set off at 2pm, it was soft throughout!

Next up is Goodwood next Friday. Hopefully it'll be weather for a Panama hat rather than a Sou'wester.


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Sunday 26 July 2009
Super League
Warrington 62 Salford 20

All guns blazing from the Wire who raced into a 12-0 lead, only for the Reds to take control of the latter part of the first half rattling in 4 unanswered tries to take a 20-12 lead into the interval.

To say everything went right for the home side after the break is an understatement as a 50-0 scoreline in the second half saw Warrington end a two match losing run.



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And the sticky toffee pudding...?



.....was as excellent as ever, and for those who like variety in their puddings they also offer Sticky Banana Pudding and a Sticky Ginger Pudding. For those who can't get to Cartmel, these excellent desserts are available from Tebay Services on the M6. Food is as good as ever at Tebay as well.

Next two courses on the list for me are Carlisle and Catterick.

Rob


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Rugby League Welsh Conference
at Porthcawl RFC
Bridgend Blue Bulls 4 Blackwood Dragons 18

Admission £3 incl programme.
Refreshments available from clubhouse and chuck wagon

Heard about this game, which was between the top two in the conference, at Celtic Crusaders v Bradford Bulls on the Saturday.
An entertaining game especially given that it was played in heavy rain throughout. Fortunately there is a covered standing area next to the clubhouse at Porthcawl RFC.


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Baseball

Friday 24 July
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 19-0 Sacramento River Cats
Att: 6,865
Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Admission: Best seats, $11
Programme: free

Third new park of the season in something of a one-sided game (Sacramento won the game the following day though!), with a firework display afterwards.

As with many minor league ballparks, this was built in the last 20 years - in the late 80s or early 90s I think. It's functional but a bit bland, and probably doesn't compare too favourably to some of the more recent parks. Exiting the car park afterwards was a nightmare, only 1 exit and traffic lights almost as soon as you get out.


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Baseball again

Saturday 25 July
Colorado Rockies 8-2 SanFrancisco Giants
Att: 42,201
Admission: $20
Programme: about $5

Fourth new ballpark of the season. An entertaining game in the Denver drizzle. The Rockies were just edging the Giants for a play-off spot, so there was plenty at stake, and it was fairly tight until the home team pulled away towards the end of the game.

It's one of the better ballparks in the major leagues. It was built as part of a regeneration of a downtown district and they've made a good job of it. Parking was easy (as was leaving the area after the game) and it seemed to link up well with public transport, with the train station, light rail station and free downtown bus all just across the road. Like many new ballparks, it was built in the retro style pioneered by Baltimore. It looks beautiful from the outside, has a traditional ballpark feel inside, but with modern facilities. I'm at a loss why no English football teams have adopted this approad, rather than opt for more and more bland, identikit grounds a la Southampton, Doncaster, Shrewsbury etc.

As with many clubs, the programme was a thick magazine-style edition which is issued only about 3 times a season and included a single photocopied sheet with details of the day's game.


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Also we enjoyed real ale in more than one pub on our trip. Both the George & Dragon, and Frog & Rosbif had cask ales on, the latter with about 6 different ones to sample!


Was that in Toulouse, or elsewhere? I could be tempted for such a trip....



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Friday 31st July 6.30pm University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
Second of Three Mens Hockey Test Matches
England 3 India 4
Admission £10, Programme excellent for £1, Hot Dog and Chocolate Muffin £4
Attendance 1,000 plus

This venue is as close to Edgbaston cricket ground as the main car parks for the cricket are. Tonight's match started 45 minutes or so after the last play for the day over the road, but Sunday's series decider here starts at exactly the same time as the day's cricket. I believe the English Hockey Association has gone bust at least once since the days of Sean Kerly and co, so the current 'AFC' England Hockey body rely on the will of local authorities and host clubs to stage their internationals. Talk of AFCs reminds us of the National Hockey Stadium that ended up with a football pitch in it in any case.

Spectator facilities for these matches consist of a full-length five-step metal terrace down one side only, giving a view across to the grand original red-brick domed buildings of the university. There are temporary bar, burger,toilet, and merchandiding facilities within the awkward lay-out which requires the players to pass right through the bottle-neck of the public areas to get from dressing room to pitch.

England had won the first match of the series and were 2-0 up and dominant approaching half-time. India pulled one back with the last action before the break and were ahead within eight minutes of a second half which they in turn dominated. I'm sure there must be a cliche which sums this up...


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Sunday 26th July 2009:

Warrington Wolves 62 -20 Salford City Reds

£17 (South Stand Ticket)
£3 (Programme)

A magnificent turnaround from the 1st half where Salford ran riot, 2nd half complete different story and wire ran in 50 unanswered points.


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Saturday 1st August 2009:

Stoke Potters 45 - 44 Sheffield Tigers

(Premier League Speedway)

Admission: £14
Programme: Free

A thrilling encounter stoke 9pts adrift going into heat 13, a 4-2 and 2 5-1s giving them a thrilling victory.


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Saturday 8th August 2009:

Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final:

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors

@ Widnes Vikings.


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Saturday August 1

Horse Racing

HAMILTON PARK

Admission Grandstand £14 ( I reduced that to £11 with Racegoers' Club membership)
Programme - £2 for a thoughtfully compiled issue catering equally well for occasionals and regulars.

Fitting in nicely after a visit to Troon for football. I arrived at Hamilton Park just after 5 and in more than enough time for a 6.40 start.

It was 'Ladies Night' which for racing fanatics is a bit of a pain in the wotsit, but since the place was packed out and atmosphere as the races finshed was electric, so I'm probably being picky. Plenty of females with dubious fashion taste, dresses that didn't fit and ludicrous heels that got stuck in the soft turf!

The racing started with a non-event two-runner race in which the favourite, twice a winner, was 1/50 favourite agianst an opponent no better than ninth in four attempts. The favourite Mister Angry did the buisness with the minimum of fuss.

The ground softened asppreciably due to afternoon rain which persisted for my trip from Troon. It became clear after a couple of races that front runners had a major advantage in the going as it's diffcult to accelerate enough from the back in wet ground. Front runners or those challenging for the lead from teh start won the first five races. The sixth race on the other hand was won by those at the back as jockeys eager to front run went too fast and couldn't stop those 'waiting' going past.

Donal Nolan hasn't had a winner for 5 years and 480 runners but looked to have a chance of breaking that run when Primo Way took the lead a furlong out in the last. Unfortunately two came past to spoil the day, but in Primo Way and another called Dubai To Barnsley there's just a glimmer of a winner. Nolan still runs some donkeys though and his Old Firm, appearing the sprint maiden, looks as if it should be pulling a cart and duly ran like it.


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Sunday 2nd August

The 158th Bridge of Allan Highland Games
Admission £6, Parking £2, Programme (High quality production, complete catalogue of events and excellent guide for the first-time visitor) £2
Attendance 10,000 plus

Saw signs advertising this on my trip to Stirling yesterday, and decided that Glasgow Speedway would have to wait until another time.

Some thoughts...

...there's a hell of a lot that can go on at once on, or inside, a 300m track when everyone knows what they're doing..

...there are multiple Highland Games each weekend, but this seems to be among the stronger ones. A field for the heavyweight events including the 2009 Highland Games World Champion (Aaron Neighbour, Australia) and runner-up in 2007's Worlds Strongest Man (Sebastian Wenta, Poland) will certainly do for me...

...kids 800m races with staggered starting positions by handicap are great fun to watch...

...caber tossing is a remarkably fascinating event, in that the mark of excellence is to be able to do it properly at all...

...Scottish Footballer of the Year Gary Caldwell is this years Chieftain of the games, following in the footsteps of Berti Vogts, Terry Butcher, Richard Gough, Ally McCoist, Andy Cameron, Fred MacAulay, Kirsty Young and Dame Diana Rigg amongst others..

...Bruce Robb is a great name for a Scottish strongman. He looks like Hot Shot Hamish too...

...a Highland Games is a really fantastic day out.


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Scottish Amateur Golf championship - Final
Royal Troon, 1 August

att - approx 300
admission - free

This is a week-long knockout event, with 256 golfers taking part in the first round. With the final being over 36 holes and the other rounds over 18 holes, the finalists must play 9 rounds of golf over 6 days.

You may be used to seeing the Open Championship at Troon, or down the road at Turnberry with its giant stands, tented village and massive, well-marshalled crowds - but this is the real thing. Nothing beats walking round with the competitors, standing just behind them as they play from the fairway, standing on the edge of the green as they putt, and helping them look for balls which have ended up in the rough.

And what a match. Twice losing finalist Paul O'Hara taking on 18-year-old David Law, who earlier in the year had won the Scottish Boys Championship. Having watched some of the earlier rounds, including most of O'Hara's semi-final, I went along to watch the second set of 18 holes. The pair were never separated by more than one hole. It was a real ding-dong battle. At the 36th hole, outside the famous Royal Troon clubhouse, the players were still level and Law had a 20 foot birdie putt to win the Championship - his putt missed the hole by an inch. Onward to the 37th and then to the 38th where a wayward chip by O'Hara allowed Law to win the Championship with a par 4.

So Law became the first player to win the Boys and Amateur titles in the same year whilst O'Hara made it a hat-trick of final defeats!

And then the most amazing thing of all - many of the 300-or-so crowd which had avidly followed the match and had accompanied the pair around the course simply went up to the two players and shook their hands, congratulating or commiserating as appropriate, and this just went on and on as players and crowd headed back towards the clubhouse.

The Corinthian spirit lives on!


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Just discovered this section of the forum, (must really learn how to scroll down!)
Didn't realise how many people on here watch Rugby League, been watching it all summer, although wouldn't venture far for Summer Conference which are postponed at a moments notice sometimes.
Rugby League is blessed by some of the crapest websites ever, BARLA, National Conference to name but two.
That little rant over I'll launch into another one soon!
Went to Parkside Hawks v Rotherham Giants at weekend. Quick change of mind from Charnock Richard, and what a game I saw, more like this and I might stop watching football, ridiculous I hear you shout!
Score was 37-34 after ten minutes each way of extra time, 30-30 at full time.
Game was nearly spoilt by the worst rugby league referee I've ever come across. In extra time he had to consult the Parkside "touch judge" who was about 8 years old to see if a conversion had gone over. It quite clearly had to all watching except the referee I might had because it hit the post and fell inside. The crowd shouted to "Charlie" to tell him it hadn't and he duly chalked the conversion off. Luckily Parkside dropped a quick drop goal on the whistle otherwise the result could have been influenced by this.
Don't know what criteria RL headquarters put on being a touch judge but on this display there is none. David Blunkett could get a job doing it.



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Saturday 1 August 2009
Super League
Leeds 24 Warrington 22

Oh but for Gareth Carvell dropping the ball two minutes from the end and Wire could have been coming away with two points from this.

Leeds took the lead for the first time AFTER the final hooter! Just shows you've got to keep concentrating for the full duration I suppose.

Still, good performance to take into the semi final next week - at least Wigan lost in the last seconds as well this weekend so no advantage there!



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Monday 3rd August 2009 7.30 pm

Elite League Speedway
Poole Pirates 43 Coventry Bees 46
Admission £15, Parking £1, Programme (also covers Bournemouth Buccaneers match here this week) £2, Thimble of coffee 95p

Hard times on and off the track for British Speedway's biggest club, and tonights attendance for a rain-threatened, Sky-televised meeting away from normal race night won't have helped the coffers much. Continuing light showers ensured a swiftly run meeting though, and there was plenty of interesting racing in a closely fought contest.

On paper, Poole probably have the best stadium facilities in the sport, with a huge glass-fronted restaurant complex on one side, and the equally impressive grandstand on the other, but a shortage of elevated standing positions stops it from being one of my favouries. Some nice touches though - the skull and crossbones logo is cut into the paving slabs all along in front of the stand, and the flags of the competing teams riders' nationalities are hung from globes in the centregreen.

For what it's worth (having completed the Elite League tonight) I'd put Coventry as top stadium, followed by Ipswich and Eastbourne. Of the others, Wolves suffers from being one-sided and Belle Vue leans that way. Swindon is a little bit tatty and disjointed to get top marks, with Lakeside and Peterborough being a bit bleak in their different ways. I have thoroughly enjoyed every track I have visited nonetheless!


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Both pubs were indeed in Toulouse, the George & Dragon is run by an Englishman that has lived in France since about 7 but still has a southern accent as I like to put it. They do Pedigree on hand pump there. The Frog & Rosbit however is something else. As far as I recall there were at least 7 different cask ales to choose from, including a porter which was very nice indeed. The place is a brew pub as I think the term is used.



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Wednesday 5th August

Pro-40 League Div Two
Surrey Brown Caps 282-5 (40.0)
Derbyshire Phantoms 286-6 (39.1)
at Whitgift School, Croydon
Admission £12, Parking £5, Programme (for whole festival, good content by cricket standards) £3, Scorecard (A3) 50p, Sausage and Chips £3.80

This is a very nice festival ground. It has a huge grass bank for seating, and the leafy backdrop would give the impression of Croydon being a very pretty suburb!

Surrey's young side looked to have posted a very strong total, but didn't have the bowling to protect it. They did well in the end to take the match to the final over, before Derbyshire won it with a six onto the A236 off its first ball.


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Thursday 6th August

The Co-operative Championship One (great name for division three)
Oldham Roughyeds 28 London Skolars 22
Admission (see below), Programme £2.50 (Eight A4 pages wrapped around £2 worth of Game On)
Attendance 1,419

I was pleased that this match existed on a night when it made sense to break a journey to Scotland for it, but didn't have any expectations of an entertaining encounter. This was relected in the bookmakers' assessment of the handicap for the match, suggesting Oldham to be 50-54 points the stronger. As it was, after opening the scoring early on, Skolars led until five minutes or so from the end, when the home side finally wriggled in front. I have absolutely nothing against Oldham, but it's absolutely delicious, as a neutral, to be sitting as amongst the home fans as such events unfold!

It was 'Think Pink' Charity Night in aid of the club's partner cancer charities in Oldham. Match admission was free, with donations encouraged. As well as being good for the charities, I'm guessing this was planned to ensure the healthiest possible attendance in front of the Sky cameras that were taking the game live to the nation.


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Saturday 8 August 2009
Challenge Cup Semi Final
Warrington 39 Wigan 26
at the Halton Stadium, Widnes

By heck, they put you through the ringer sometimes!

£18 entry, £4 programme, £2 for a meat & potato pie (£1:20 for a bag of chips from the local fish shop on the way to the station!)

Wigan took an 8-0 lead then it was all Wire for the first half - five unanswered tries saw us 28-8 ahead at the break.

An early score for 32-8 should have killed it off, but Wigan got second wind and Wire looked knackered as the Piemen scored three converted tries to bring it to 32-26 at which point I thought we'd blow it.

But, a Lee Briers drop goal in the 71st minute and a Chris Hicks try two minutes from time put paid to the revival.

In three weeks time, the Wire are off to Wembley!



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Wednesday 12th August

Friendly.

Valley End Cricket Club v Camberley Town Football Club in a 16 over cricket match.

Valley End won the npower Village Cup in 2008 but put out a much weakened side for this friendly including colts etc. One of their first XI players and one of the second XI play football for Camberley and the pair of them proved to be the deciding factor with a great second wicket partnership of 60 something with both eventually retiring due to being so good!

Valley End got 130 for 5 off their 16 overs, Camberley Town won by getting 134 for 5 off 14.

Pleasant little ground, the bar was open - a perfect way to spend a summer evening.


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Vale of Rydal Sheep Dog Trials and Show
Thursday 13th August

Admission £4.50
Programme £2.00

Excellent day out at Rydal which is a couple of miles from Ambleside.

The day also included a hound trail competition


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Tuesday 11th August

LV County Championship at May's Bounty, Basingstoke
Hampshire v Yorkshire
Admission £20, Parking £7 (I know!), Scorecard (A3) £1 - also bought Hampshire Pro40 programme (£3)
Crowd - at least 3 or 4 deep right round

Lovely tree-lined ground on the fringes of the town centre. Expensive affair especially when I was only squeezing in half a day's play. Still glad to have fitted it in though, as there is no guarantee they will use the ground again. Hants reached 134-2 by the time I left but ended up losing by an innings

National League Speedway
Wightlink Islanders 50 Weymouth Wildcats 40

Very enjoyable and user-friendly little jaunt. You simply have to purchase a Speedway Flyer ticket from the FastCat terminal at Portsmouth Harbour (same building as railway station) and you are fully provided for. The ticket covers i) Trip on FastCat from foot of the Spinnaker Tower to tip of pier at Ryde ii) Train along length of pier iii) Special bus from esplanade to stadium iv) Admission to meeting with complimentary programme. Excellent.

Many, many re-starts due to wild and largely unpenalised riding meant that the usual bus connection with the 2145 ferry was missed and we all had to wait until quarter to eleven, but a highly recommended trip all the same. It's hard to imagine how the figures all add up with the costs of running on the island, and I'm sure if Wightlink stopped their involvement, speedway (and ice hockey) over there would be gone.


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Saturday 15th August

12noon
Gilette Academy Championship
Warrington Wolves 18 Wigan Warriors 34
at Wilderspool
Admission £3, 4-page programme free, Coffee 70p (from tea-girl of the year)

Very pleased to get the chance to visit the still intact and impressive former home of Warrington rugby. Worth looking out for early kick-offs in this competition, Wigan at Orrell is the other chance to visit a major ground that I never went to.

6pm
Co-Operative Championship
Leigh Centurions 26 Toulouse Olympique 6
Seat £16, Programme (impressive) £2.50, Hot dog £2.80
Attendance 1,502

Leigh eased relegation worries slightly with a convincing win, and are running free buses for their supporters to go to the key clash at Gateshead on Sunday. Only the main stand and one standing end are open for games - the other two sides have been used once in total so far.


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Sunday 16th August

Co-Operative Championship One
Blackpool Panthers 30 Oldham Roughyeds 30
Admission £10, Parking £1 or £2 not sure, Programme 4 pages inside Game On £2, Pie and Chips £3, *Star Bargain* Large Waffle cone ice cream with flake, hundreds and thousands, nuts and three flavours of sauce £1.50!

Enjoyed every aspect of this one. Fylde RFC is a super ground, with huge modern clubhouse at near end complementing attractive old wooden stand flanked by terracing which also features for the full length of the opposite side. Brilliant game too, Oldham fighting back from 30-14 down after the sides had swapped some excellent tries.


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Ince Rose Bridge 10 Wigan St Judes 28
Rugby League National Conference Premier
Admission £1
Programme free - see below
Att. approx 1,000

Arrived at ground at 6.30 for a 7.30 KO, got parked at 7.00. Terrible parking around ground with most side streets little dead ends.
Great game decided in 1st half when Ince had a player sent off for kicking. 6-4 at h/t.
Four quick 2nd half tries sent Wigan well clear. Large crowd with a third from St Judes, even team came in a coach for that short distance.
Programmes sold out at 6.30 according to gateman, got mine off a nice lady.



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Have just spent 2 days at the Oval, and it was rather good. 15 wickets fell yesterday and only 5 of them were EnglandsCool



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Whitehaven 20 Batley Bulldogs 12
Co-operative Championship
16th August 2009
Crowd 1,500 appox

Admission £13 to stand (rip off)

Programme 16 large pages full colour glossy (the original Haven large style programme) - FREE OF CHARGE

Hats off to Haven for reintroducing their matchday programme and not a "Game On" in site - marvellous.

Really scrappy game with some old style "Biff" provided by Batley.


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Will be spending the next 3 days (weather permitting) watching the minor counties championship game between Staffordshire and Buckinghamshire at Stone Cricket Club.


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Friday 21 August
Super League
Warrington 28 Wakefield Trinity 40

Brought forward two days to allow extra preparation for Wembley and a much improved performance on the game at Wigan seven days previous.

Bit of a scare when Lee Briers went down clutching his shoulder but he went on to play the full 80.

Getting a bit twitchy for next week now. Especially after seeing Huddersfield's performance against Saints!



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Not really sport (so not sure if it is relevant!) - Sunday 30th August: the Hull Motor Show.


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Bank Holiday Monday I'm travelling over the border for horse racing at Newcastle. The centre of the card is the 'Blaydon Race' a mile contest for two-year-olds, so I could say I'm 'ganning down the Great North Road to see the Blaydon Races'.

Report to follow Tuesday.


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Saturday 29 August 2009
Challenge Cup Final
Huddersfield 16 Warrington 25
at Wembley Stadium

Cracking game, albeit a nerve-wracking one. Been waiting 18 years for this. Still not sunk in properly!

£26 ticket, £6 programme, £3 for a burger away from the official stands!

Disappointing lack of relevant souvenirs compared to the last final I went to two years ago - just a load of England RL stuff.

Ah, what the heck, we've finally WON SOMETHING!



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NICE ONE!!!! Cool Always had a soft spot for the Wire, and was cheering them on like an idiot yesterday at work. First game I've watched on the box in about three years.



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Monday August 31

Horse Racing - NEWCASTLE

Grandstand/Paddock Admission - £10 (£13 less Racegoers' Club discount)
Programme - £2.50



I work for an English based company so we take Bank Holidays rather than Scottish Holidays. It means we are out of kilter with many others and my wife still had to play host to the 200-odd ankle biters in her Kirkcaldy Primary School. That left yours truly free to himself and I tend to favour horse racing on Bank Holidays these days and it was a good chance to take in a meeting at Newcastle. I could perhaps have managed football in the morning, but these days leave at 7.30 a.m. and back at 8.45 p.m. would take its toll! The going was good to firm and it has much been much drier at Newcastle than in Scotland, a fact testified by dry weather in North East England and teeming rain when I left Dunfermline.

The races were all a mile or less and run on the straight course due to drainage work on the round course. The drainage work was either completed or didn't happen, but the course line was that since the programme was in the Racing Calendar then it couldn't be changed. That's not true as other courses have changed a programme at short notice, but ultimately it's up to the Gosforth Park management. in the event the racing was decent and entertaining.

The best view of the straight course is from the top section of the 'Grandstand', a large covered terrace. The crowd was 3 or 4,000, but Newcastle has bags of space and I had about half the stand to myself! That I don't mind since it means no distractions for race reading and note taking. The parade ring is in front of the stand which always strikes me as a decent arrangement which saves the toing and froing prevalent at other venues.

The race commmentator Mark Slater is a fine professional and does a solid job. However one couldn't say the same for the un-named racecourse announcer who spent the whole afternoon mispronouncing horses' names.

2.15 7f 2yo Maiden
Unshakable Will had looked very immature when I saw him at Hemilton back in June. The intervening time has been well spent since he was much better behaved in the parade ring and looked to have grown a bit. He ran well enough in second place and looks like to pick up a race over a stiff seven furlongs or upped to a mile. The race was won by Mark Johnston's newcomer Cono Zur. He was well clued up on debut and Johnston's newcomers normally come on for the run so there could be more in hand.

2.50 1m Claimer
An event where the runners can be bought (claimed) for a set price as set by their trainer. The higher the claiming price the more weight so it's a balancing act for the connections when they enter. Invariably the better horses are at the top of the weights so that's where to look for winners. Top weight Wovoka went a way to providing proof, winning tidily in the hands of useful apprentice Amy Ryan.

3.25 7f Fillies' Handicap
Fillies often struggle up against the colts and geldings as they are not as strong in the hustle bustle of a race. By this token careful reading of form in 'mixed' races can pay off in these slightly easier contests. Poppet's Lovein was a decetn winner in mixed company at Chepstow and is progressing well judged by a comfortable victory in this event. Fillies often start to blossom at this time of year and this one is worth keeping in the notebook.

4.00 1m 2yo Handicap 'The Blaydon Race'
This day has been labelled the 'Blaydon Races' after the festival of yore captured in the words of a local song. The Blaydon Races themselves were knocked on theh vead followed regular punch ups. The Family Day crowd here were slightly more amenable.
Mark Johnston's Layali Al Andalus sluiced up at Doncaster in june and even in a handicap threatened to be a cut above his rivals. I don't often bet at short odds, but having seen this fine looking animal in the paddock I had a bet. He duly obliged under hands and heels riding and moves on to better things, possibly the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.
Bonfire Knight beat off the rest in second and all things considered is virtually a 'winner without penalty' next time.

4.35 6f Handicap
A familiar bunch of performers to the northern racing public in this event. Most have raced plenty of times and their credentials are there to be seen.
Avontuur has not got that close recently, but he showed plenty of determination having been headed by Incomparable and was going away at the end. A fine effort from the front of the field.

5.10 5f 3yo Handicap
Sadly racing occasionally demonstrates it's less palatable side. Tony Culhane headed across to the rail early on Mazzola, squeezing up Dispol Grand and forcing All Spin into the rails. The latter took a horrible fatal fall and rider Paul Mulrennan was catapulted into the ground and perhaps lucky to suffer only a broken collarbone. Not good for racing and Culhane has much to answer for. More to the point, finding out the full story about the incident was impossible at the time, a non-committal reference to a stewards enquiry the only evidence of any action, and courses seem to think that if they stick up 'the screens' then out of sight is out of mind.
Sources tell me Culhane got a 14 day suspension which doesn't seem suffucient punishment for an appalling piece of riding.
Back in the race and the consistent Noodles Blue Boy tracked a decent pace to lead inside the final furlong. Front runner Fasliyanne is the perennial bridesmaid and once agian finished second after a decent front running effort.

5.45 5f Handicap
A lowly sprint handicap of the 'whose turn is it today?' type. It turned out to be Nomoreblonde's day as the mare repeated her 2007 win in this race. She sprinted clear and will presumably pay the penalty by being upped a decent amount in the handicap. Conversely though her value as a broodmare rises with each win.
My own selection Garstang was stymied in a closely matched event as he was slow out of the gate. There's precious little chance of recovery in the hurly-burly of a sprint. He did pick up late on though and should pick up a race before long if he gets his act together out of the stalls.

Quick exit by the back way out of the course to the A189 and back home in two and a half hours is pretty good going.


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Sunday 6 Sept
RL Harry Jephson Semi final

Blackwood Bulldogs 24 West London Sharks 38

Venue: Old Richians RU,Longlevens,Gloucester
Attn 60 (h/c). No admitt or programme (as Chris's printer really had given up the ghost)

The first ever game of Rugby League at this venue,which is set to be Gloucestershire Warriors new home for the 2010 season.Pretty basic ground,an undulating pitch,only railed on the sides,nothing at the ends.

I maintained a strict code of neutrality as this was my 46th most watched team in the world, ever, playing my 32nd.



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Ice Hockey
Blackburn Hawks 2 Nottingham Lions 3
Admission - Normally £6, but we had free tickets. Programme £1 (Had all the basics, but little reading material).
Attendance - approx 350?

My first Ice Hockey match for about four years. Have had a bit of a love-hate relationship with the sport, used to go regularly in the late 80's/early 90's. Fell out of love with it, mainly due to the appalling way it has been run over the years.
The Hawks play in the English National League Div 1 North which is now effectively the third division.
Standard of play was ok, with Nottingham looking the sharper of the two teams. Controversial ending as Hawks thought they'd scored with 20 seconds left of the game, but ref and presumably the goal judge didn't give it.

Quite enjoyed the game (as did my other half!) so will probably go again in the near future.


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Friday Sep 4
Fell walking
11.00 start from Coniston saw us take Walna Scar road (tough start!) up to Boo Tarn and then an intermittent grassy path until joining the main Coniston Old Man path close to the summit. Only sheep for company on the grassy path, with excellent views over Coniston lake and out to sea. A couple of brief showers, but the sunshine was out as we approached the top. It didn't last long though and summit photos were in gusty wind and low cloud. Decided to have lunch and see if it cleared, but no sooner were the sarnies open did it start hailing! That persuaded us to decamp and we took the very stony main path down, which also had some good scenery. The hail quickly ceased and the latter part of the walk was in sunshine and a bit easier than the Boo Tarn route up. Adequate rehydrating refreshment was taken on in The Black Bull, Yewdale, Crown Inn, Ship Inn and Sun Inn. My joints were no longer sore after thatCool



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Saturday 5th September 2009

Wolverhhampton Races

£10 (£5 as i had a 50% off return voucher)

£2.50 Racecard

Great night made even better by seeing and backing Kieron Fallons first winner back from his ban.


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Sunday 13th September - off to Dale Head Buxton for some National League Speedway

Buxton 'Hitmen' v Mildenhall 'Fen Tigers' 3pm start

Cannot recommend this wonderful little track higly enough, deep in the Peaks outside Buxton, served by superb scenery, excellent pubsLaugh, the track can be seen from the road to Buxton (A53), follow the cattle gridsa and it is next to the stocks track and on a warm day the beautiful views and the smell of methanol make for a heady mix!

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Doncaster Races Friday 11 Sep

Great day out at a much improved venue. Not too profitable though...



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Saturday 12th September - Wolverhampton Races.

Admission £5 (With my discount voucher)
Racecard £2-50

Another good night under the floodlights, Wolves is fast becoming my favourite racetrack, love the floodlights adds a certain something to a meeting.


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Saturday 12th September - Wolverhampton Races.

Admission £5 (With my discount voucher)
Racecard £2-50

Another good night under the floodlights, Wolves is fast becoming my favourite racetrack, love the floodlights adds a certain something to a meeting.



Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972! Over those years the facilities at racecourses have improved out of all proportion; those who went to Ascot U on the hop cannot fail to have been impressed by what seems to be (yet to visit) the best grandstand in the country.
Also this was my first all weather and floodlight visit. I agree entirely with the comments above about racing under lights.


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Rugby Union

Scottish National Division 3
(ie 6th Level of the Scottish Leagues)

Marr (Troon) 30-8 Trinity Accies (Leith)


An excellent match, which was much tighter than the score suggests.

In the first half Marr took 20 mins to get out of their own half and for almost the whole of the half were defending their goal-line. This they did very effectively and at half-time the score was 3-3.

In the second half Marr gradually began to wear down their opponents. I heard one spectator comment that they may not be the best team or the biggest team in the division but they are probably the fittest. Credit for this should go to new coach, former Scotland international Craig Redpath.

The tries started to go in and by the end the pressure was on Marr to score a fourth try and collect the bonus point on offer. This they did with the final play of the match to maintain their second place in the division, behind Aberdeenshire.

At the end of the match, as is the custom in Scottish rugby, each term formed a 'guard of honour' as the opponents passed through, accompanied by call of approval. You would never have guessed there had been a couple of unseemly mass brawls and very ungentlemanly language in the preceding 80 minutes.


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Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972!


noprogs

I'm going through them at about the same rate as you are. I'm on 40 courses visited and started in 1969! Next one on my list is Carlisle's National Hunt 'Hoof Off' (their term not mine!) on October 9th.

My problem is that many of those I've got left are 'on the edges' though doubles matching Exeter and Newton Abbot, Ffos Las/Chepstow and Fakenham/Yarmouth would make a dent in the list. Folkestone is the only lone straggler.

Rob


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Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972!


noprogs

I'm going through them at about the same rate as you are. I'm on 40 courses visited and started in 1969! Next one on my list is Carlisle's National Hunt 'Hoof Off' (their term not mine!) on October 9th.

My problem is that many of those I've got left are 'on the edges' though doubles matching Exeter and Newton Abbot, Ffos Las/Chepstow and Fakenham/Yarmouth would make a dent in the list. Folkestone is the only lone straggler.

Rob



Item about Ffos Las on Sport Wales last Friday, presume you could watch it via "catch up" on BBC iPlayer, programme also included an item on Newport Speedway.

http://search.bbc.co.uk/...ab=av&q=ffos+las


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** Ice Hockey **
English National League Division One (North) (in effect, level 3)
Blackburn Hawks 1 Coventry Blaze ENL 3
Att: 380 (est)
Admission £6
Programme: £1.50 (32 pages, improving!)

Another tight game for Blackburn and another narrow home defeat (Cov's second goal on the break with 3 minutes to go, 3rd an empty netter in the last few seconds).

I've been going to Blackburn for my hockey fix for 15 years now and nothing much changes; whichever level they play at you always get a sense of under achievement watching the Hawks, like they really should be doing better than this. It's now very much become the default position!

At least with the English League now split into North and South sections, each with a first and second division, there's promotion and relegation issues to take into account which has made things much more interesting. Teams finishing first in Div 2 go up automatically, with the bottom team in Div One coming down, whilst second bottom and second top play two legged play offs to see who plays where the next season.

Good double this coming weekend with the Hawks at Trafford Metros on Saturday (5-15 at Altrincham) which fits in nicely with a number of 2-30 KO's in NE Wales.


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17/09/09
Cycling
Tour of Britain, Stage 6 - Frome to Bideford
Admission - Free, Excellent programme £3, Estimated attendance (Bideford Quay only, 10-11000)

It's been 17 years since the old Milk Race had a stage finish in Bideford. With the huge numbers present on the quayside for the finish of the longest stage of the Tour of Britain, I don't think pro cycling will be that long coming back!

A tremendous atmosphere, with crowds several deep for over three hundred metres. Most of the local schools had given the children the aftrenoon off to come down to see the finish, and there was a series of primary school races before the main event arrived.

A day-long breakaway of five riders was finally reeled in on the outskirts of town, and we were treated to a huge bunch sprint finish with Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen winning his fourth consecutive stage en route to the overall yellow jersey.

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Cycling
Tour of Britain, Stage 6 - Frome to Bideford
Admission - Free, Excellent programme £3, Estimated attendance (Bideford Quay only, 10-11000)

It's been 17 years since the old Milk Race had a stage finish in Bideford. With the huge numbers present on the quayside for the finish of the longest stage of the Tour of Britain, I don't think pro cycling will be that long coming back!



And yet it was the crowds in Barnstaple that were credited on the ITV4 coverage as the biggest ever seen in the event!

Programme was indeed superb - 68-page spiral-bound A4 in full colour, further 16 page supplement, plus folding route map in lanyard - football authorities would want about £12 for that lot.


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Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972!


noprogs

I'm going through them at about the same rate as you are. I'm on 40 courses visited and started in 1969! Next one on my list is Carlisle's National Hunt 'Hoof Off' (their term not mine!) on October 9th.

My problem is that many of those I've got left are 'on the edges' though doubles matching Exeter and Newton Abbot, Ffos Las/Chepstow and Fakenham/Yarmouth would make a dent in the list. Folkestone is the only lone straggler.

Rob



Item about Ffos Las on Sport Wales last Friday, presume you could watch it via "catch up" on BBC iPlayer, programme also included an item on Newport Speedway.

http://search.bbc.co.uk/...ab=av&q=ffos+las


I've done 46 so far, starting at Ludlow in 1974. My last new one was Sedgefield last March when I took my daughter to Durham University. It was freezing cold and p*ssed down all day, however I did get to South Shields v Bishop Auckland in the evening and she did get a place,(which is more than my selections did!)



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Thursday 24 September

Horse Racing - PERTH

Attendance - Approx 4,000
Admission - £12 (£15 less Racegoers' Club discount)
Programme - £2

Perth race from April until September and this was their final meeting of the year.

Irish trainer Gordon Elliott has dominated the trainers' table this year and notched up a couple more iwnners as Mhilu took the novice chase and McMurdo Sound sluiced up in the handicap hurdle under the promising 16-year-old jockey Keith Donoghue. Keep a note of that name as the youngster gianed a lot of experience on the Irish pony racing circuit (150 winners) and was recroding his second winner over jumps, his first being last week at Listowel.

Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey is in top form at the moment and secured the opening novice hurdle with Mesbaah who looks more than capable of following up. Reland was second on hurdling debut and will benefit from the experience.

Billie Magern just held Talkin' Tough in the three mile novice hurdle. Both look steeplechasers in the making and I was particularly taken by the long raking stride of Talking Tough who looks to be a late maturing type. Billie Magern is a brother to the very useful chaser Ollie Magern and another multiple chase winner in Petite Margot. Having won four novice hurdles I suspect he will be steeplechasing this season.

As is my way for Perth's steeplechases I stood down by the last fence. There were only three in the handicap chase, but anybody down by the fence got a real thrill as pace-setting Safari Adventure absolutely flew this jump on the first circuit, with jockey Campbell Gillies letting out and exhilirated "Yesss!" as his mount took the obstacle. Jump jockeys live for occasions like that when it all comes together. Ironically next time round a more tired Safari Adventures hit the fence halfway up and Gillies did well to cling on, eventually being overhauled by The Duke's Speech who had been given a patient waiting ride by Graham Lee.

A Little Different led all the way in the novices' handicap hurdle from a very oridnary bunch to make it three on the afternoon for the Irish. Typical Irish this one having been buried away in huge fields in soft and heavy ground over the Irish Sea, before being placed here on fast ground that palpably suits him best since his debut bumper win was on such ground. It was difficult to take too much encouragment from the beaten runners in this event.

The closing bumper, a flat race for jumps bred horses, there were some interesting prospects. Flaygray seems to have benfitted from a change of stables and came away well in the last furlong. The second De Bansha Man is worth keeping in mind as he is a well built, deep-chested jumping sort who will be in his element once he goes steeplechasing. He's only a 4-year-old, and it might just need a season or two before he comes to his best.


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Speedway Premier Riders Chmpionship - at Owlerton - £15 in, £3 programme - att: 3,000 ish (can never tell at these things with the people who pile in the bars).

Quality meeting made all the more special with Ricky Ashworth winning the Grand Final, with Kings Lynn's impressive youngster Darcy Ward coming in second. As my lad said on the way out, the future might be good for British Speedway. Away remarkably quick from the notorious Owlerton car park.



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Sunday September 27

Horse Racing - MUSSELBURGH

Attendance - A guess since I was in the Hospitality section, but I'd say around 5,000. It was plenty busy.

Admission - £17 - Racegoers' Club Hospitality with free race programme, food and drink and use of the Lothian Suite in the Queen's Stand

Decent fair to middling flat racing, though th sort of meeting I really struggle to fathom these days. Roll on the jumps season 'proper'!

Jim Goldie, who trains near Paisley, landed the first with Hawkeyethenoo. This gelding is versatile type who has won over a mile yes demonstrated sufficient pace to win going away over five furlongs here. A nice sort to have on your side since he gives so many options for placement.

Malcheek took the second for Tim Easterby, leaving his field for dead in the final two furlongs of a seven furlong contest. The second, Sea Salt has a complete eye cover over his right eye suggesting blindness or severe eye problems. It can't help him on a right-handed course round a bend though he stormed into second place up the straight.

Andorn won the seller and was bought in by his owners for £8,500. The owners of a selling winner pay 20% of the 'selling price' to the course if they wish to retain him, so it cost them £1,700 (plus VAT) to keep the horse in his current stable. Andorn showed more resolution than the second Graceful Descent and the third Birkside. In these lowly events resolution is often more useful than bare form.

The feature race, and £8,000 fillies' handicap saw Feeling Fab burst through to just get her head in front of three others in photo finish. This was a tough race to call even 100 yards from the line and it was all on the nod.

King Of The Moors is in good form and, having led most of the way, showed a little too much resolution for a number of supposedly more talented 'feint-hearts' in the claimer. KOTM has been difficult to win with but is the sort who can string together a decent run and he's in good heart.

Handicap master Sir Mark Prescott landed the stayers' race iwth the improving Ascendant. This one had to work hard to see off another improver in Mark Johnston's Spirit Is Needed who battled hard to show that he has plenty of spirit. Both are progressive and should win again soon.

The closing sprint was a 'whose turn is it today?' affair ultimately dominated by the top weights. Our party managed to land a decent dividend for placing the second and third in a Tote Swinger, although we missed a trick with the winner Distant Sun who was competing in a Class 6 event for the first time for two years. He clearly appreciated the lesser opposition. The one to take from this race is Killer Class. This filly struggled in early season, but I noted in the paddock that she is blooming as fillies sometimes do in the autumn and she ran well to suggest a small contest may fall her way soon.

Next on my racing schedule is a 'tick' at Carlisle on Friday October 9th.


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Sunday 27 September 2009 - CRICKET, Pro40
Worcestershire vs Sussex at New Road, Worcester
Adm: £15, Programme £3

The final day of the cricket season and a chance to see my lot (Sussex) win the Pro40 Championship. I've watched Sussex pretty much all my life, although I rarely see more than 6 or 7 days' cricket each summer these days and it's just as likely to be Essex, Surrey or even Middlesex to be honest. Sussex never won anything much in the days I was more of a regular watcher, and it's a bit hard to come to terms with them turning into being serial trophy winners.

Worcester is a long old slog on the train from London - so far away that the sun wasn't even shining there. And the timing was such that I didn't get to see much of the place. But New Road is a lovely old cricket ground, a great place to watch a game and this was my first visit. It has evolved over time and is a blend of old and new with all sorts of quirky corners and odd vantage points. A place I'd like to go to again. I took a photo which I have placed here:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/27260508

I always find it hard to estimate cricket crowds, but there was clearly a good number here - maybe 3,000, including a lot up from Sussex by the Sea. And the play was quite absorbing. Worcs batted first and set a beatable target of 214. With Sussex knocking 16 off the first over it looked as if it would be business as usual for the away team, but the innings never really got started and Sussex lost their final wicket 49 short. Worcestershire were helped by some very sharp fielding and a great stroke of luck with one of the wickets. Despite losing, Sussex ended up champions anyway because of events elsewhere.

I found the ground a bit lacking in decent catering outlets and couldn't track down any decent beer, probably due to my shyness at bunking into the pavilion and members areas. A typically heavyweight cricket match programme was issued with the scorecard stapled within.


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Ice Hockey
Saturday 26th September
English National League Div 1 (North)
Trafford Metros 4 Blackburn Hawks 3
Att: 110 (est)
Admssion: £5
Programme: £1 (12 pages)

Trafford Metros are the renamed Manchester Phoenix English League side (ie the one without semi pro imports) and play at the Altricham Ice Arena on Oakfield Road, adjacent to Altrincham Station on the Metrolink.

All seating is upstairs and at first glance looks good, but once you get up there you soon realise that there aren't many good seats that give a full view of the whole ice pad...unbelieveably bad planning for such a modern facility.

Hawks as usual stole defeat from the jaws of victory with a calamitous n/m error with less than two minutes to go leaving the home side with a empty net to score the winning goal. Prior to that it'd been well contested and tight, with lots of huff and puff but if truth be told, only flashes of real skill - a typical local derby.

Blackburn did at least break their duck the night after by reversing the scoreline in the return fixture.


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Saturday 26th September
English National League Div 1 (North)
Trafford Metros 4 Blackburn Hawks 3
All seating is upstairs and at first glance looks good, but once you get up there you soon realise that there aren't many good seats that give a full view of the whole ice pad...unbelieveably bad planning for such a modern facility.



Have they still got the TV screens all round that hang down into your field of vision blocking a further portion of the arena, when all they do is show the game which you could see for yourself if it wasn't for all the things blocking the view?!?!


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Hello John...yes they do!


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I'm attending horse racing at Carlisle this afternoon, report to follow over the weekend.


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Friday 9th October 2009

Horse Racing - CARLISLE (Going - Good To Firm)

Admission to Grandstand and Paddock - £12 (reduced to £9 with Racegoers' Club discount) - almost cost me £19 since the gateman initially mistook my Scottish £20 for a tenner - the 'Premier Enclosure' is £18 but only gives a bit of extra terracing and a further bar or two available, not my idea of £6 extra value.

Programme - £2.50 - very good value. Plenty of decent articles to back up the standard information.

Food - Steak pie £3, dreadful value for the sort of pie I'd get a non-league football ground for no more than £1.50 (Crossgates Primrose and Brechin Victoria supporters would not be impressed), coffee £1 (fair value), BLT baguette £2.70 (excellent value from the same outlet as the overpriced pie!)

Facilities are compact. Paddock is close to the Tote stand which is probably about the best viewing on the course and the pre-parade ring has decent public viewing for the really keen. It has to be said that Carlisle is not the best course for viewing by a long way. From the various terraces at least some part of the race hs be watched on the big screen and that irritates me as I do prefer to take my own view through the 'bins'. Tote stand has one fence down the back out of view and it's difficult to see the horses in thedip at the start of the straight. Finish is almost straight on viewing from there. You need to be high up to get the best view and there's no back wall at the top so it was drafty on a breezy day.

Carlisle is a stiff test for the horses with the final three fences on an uphill stretch only surpassed in the UK by Towcester's 'North face of the Eiger' finish. It's a real test when the going becomes soft in winter, though it was fast on this occasion with a few withdrawals as the forecast rain failed to materialise. The hurdles races are currently run on the flat course, though a new hurdles course is being prepared inside the steeplechase course and is planned for use in Spring 2011.

2.00 2m 1f Novices' Hurdle

As is often the case with this type of event it boiled down to two with the rest making up the numbers. Alvarado saw off McMurrough as the two favourites finished first and second but COCOA KEY appeared suited by the stiffer track in finishing a close third.

2.30 2m 4f Beginners' Chase

These events often throw up decent performers at Carlisle. Experience told with winner Checkerboard and second Lease Lend having been placed over fences last season. The one to note here is the third GANSEY who came off a year and a half break, having had a breathing operation in the meantime, and stayed on well at the finish. He can be made fitter and should win soon.

3.05 2m 4f Novices' Handicap Hurdle

A very poor event with plenty of competitors who will never achieve a lot. A tark contrast in the paddock between the pony-sized Cinaman and the huge frame of Liz's Dream. Neither are much good and Cinaman disgraced himself by throwing his jockey at the start and holding up proceedings but doing a circuit back to the stands. He was still bolshy but discipline was administered by his stable lass! This was the easiest event DUNBRODY HOUSE has run in and he took advantage though will have ot take on tougher opposition when the handicap figures are revised. TANTOBIE is progressing at a lowly level and performed creditably in seocnd.

3.40 2m Handicap Chase

SOME TOUCH's jumping can be iffy when put under pressure, but he was allowed to dictate from the front and won comfortably, in the process completing an on the day hat-trick for rider Denis O'Regan, trainer Howard Johnson and wealthy owner Graham Wylie. However, Some Touch had the race his own way here and is one to oppose next time. NUDGE AND NURDLE ran well in second for one who is suited by a flatter track and HIGH BIRD HUMPHREY wran creditably in third though is desperately difficult to win with. One to note fro mthe also rans is Ferdy Murphy's LE ROI ROUGE who is better on soft or heavy ground and worth noting when the rains arrive.

4.15 2m 1f C.J. Handicap Hurdle

A slighter better cintest than the previous handicap hurdle. Tantobie's previous conqueror SEA COVE ran respectably in fourth given that he was taking on better opposition, and he seems to consistently give his best. BENMADIGAN is suited by the gonig and the track and wore down his opponents from the last. WENSLEYDALE WEB ran a fine race in second given that the track doesn't play to his strengths.

4.50 3m Handicap Chase

Four non-runners knocked a hole inhe strength of this event. Four familiar Northern equine faces took on two long-distance raiders and the raiders held sway with Haverfordwest trained RIPALONG LAD crusing away in the latter stages followed home by Gloucestershire trained Native City. Best of the northerners was NELLIEDONETHAT trained up the road from me at Kinross by Lucinda Russell. Russell has a strong stable full this year and Nelliedone that seems to have progressed nicely enough to pick uip another race probably when dropped in class a bit. This was a 0-115 class race andhis one is still eligble for 0-100 class which would be much easier, particualrly here or at Hexham which courses suit him.

5.25 2m NH Flat

It suits me when there's a National Hunt Flat Race last on the card as

a) Half the crowd leave early which makes it easier to get out, and
b) I often spot potential for the future amongst these inexperienced horses.

The first three here are worth keeping a note of. LAST OF THE BUNCH was nothing special on his two efforts last season, reflected in a price of 25/1, but he stormed up the hill in impressive style. Alan Swinbank is no mug with thses lightly raced horses and this one should be placed to advantage over hurdles.
Easily pick of the paddock was yet another O'Regan/Johnson/Wyle horse in SOUTH LEINSTER. This one pulled hard early on which didn't help his cause, but led up the hill only to be overhauled approaching the final furlong. He seemed slightly intimidated and hampered when the winner hung across in front of him though held on merit. He will learn from the experience and probably win soon. GLINGERMILL got into the race late to keep the first two honest and is another who should pick up a run-of-the-mill contest before going hurdling.

I got away fairly quickly and it's not difficult to get back to the M6. However, the exit to the car park gets choked and they need a police presence to regulate traffic on the main road. I cut across country via the A7/A68 which seems to be boy racer country since I was passed by at least half a dozen drivers apparently intent in ending up in the back of an ambulance or in a box!

Racing takes a back seat for a while but I shall be attending a decent looking day's racing at Kelso on November 7th followed by Friday Kelso and Sunday Musselburgh meetings toward the end of November.

Rob


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English National Ice Hockey League South Two Cup, 6.15pm
Solent & Gosport Devils 1 Bristol Pitbulls 11
Admission £5 inc 12 page colour-copied programme, £3.90 for Tofu and Lentil Salad - no,hang on, I mean Hot Dog and Chips
Attendance around 140

Start delayed about 50 mins due to waiting for an ambulance to attend an injury in the under-16 match that was still going on when I arrived. More disconcerting for me was that the under-16s seemed to have a more impressive glossy-covered programme than the Seniors!

Gosport Ice Rink is a teeny-weeny venue. Ice dimensions are 40m x 20m rather than the standard 60x30, so the playing area is only 44% of full-size (from a quick check it seems only Grimsby is smaller in the UK). There is not much room to spare in the building at all, but there are three tiers of bench seating down the full-length of both sides and a decent cafe so it's a perfectly enjoyable place to watch a game.

As for the match, Bristol's newly formed senior side were as dominant as the scoreline suggests. They scored three in each of the first two periods, and another three in the first 90 seconds of the third. I'll probably go to Bristol when they play either Solent or Lee Valley. Despite this result, the fact that Solent have already beaten Lee Valley 20-0 means that Solent might have the best chance of giving them a game!


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More fun on the slippy stuff....

Lancashire Raptors 6 Grimsby Redwings 0
(played at Blackburn, as are all the Raptors home games)
English National League Div 2 North
Admission £6
Att: 150 ish
Programme £1 (sold out when I arrived 10 minutes before the start Frown)

The Raptors are the senior (open age side) of the Blackburn Ice Hockey Junior deveopment Assn. Essentially, it's a team for juniors when they get too old and either a) aren't good enough for the Blackburn Hawks or b) can't be pestered with a 40+ game league/cup season in ENIHL 1.

Doesn't sound too promising but wait, there's a surprise this season Wink

1) They have a huge squad who work their backsides off for eachother (22 kitted up for this game, the absolute max allowed) and...
2) They have two Latvian players who have their own absolutely insane "barmy army" who follow them to every game home and away in a minibus, a 15-20 man/women/beast rent-a-riot crew who make an absolute racket for the team for the whole game (and beyond....they were still singing in the carpark over 30 minutes after the game had finished Sly), with horns, drums, hooters and non stop singing and chanting.

In 25 years of watching ice hockey I have NEVER come across a bunch like this, they are completely nuts, sing mainly in Latvian, go apesh*t when the goals go in, go apesh*t +++ for fights and opposition penalties and just generally appear to be having an absolute ball. Even if the game's not great (and this wasn't in all honesty) it's worth the six quid to watch and listen to them, brilliant!

The game itself was predictably one sided (shots on goal 78-21) and I would warn any hoppers against watching Grimsby away, anywhere distant from home. They've already failed to show once this season (At Newcastle) and although they did ice 13 players in this game, many were U18's who wouldn't have been available had the U18's had a fixture.

Catch the Raptors when you can though, it's an "experience" to say the least!


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Kempton Park, National Hunt
Adm £18 on the day (reduced to £15 with Racegoers Club voucher), racecard £2.50, fish & chips £5.something

My first ever jumps meeting and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the autumn sunshine. Far from packed but enough to create a bit of atmosphere despite the small fields. The largest of the day was 7 runners and one went with only 3 after a late non-runner.

Main drama was the third race when the odds-on favourite Australia Day sprawled at the first, throwing Andrew Thornton clear. The horse then got up and carried on, headed the field the entire way round, got in the way at one point, and eventually "won" the race. Although it had shed it's rider, it did, unfortunately, still have my placepot hopes pinned firmly on it Crazy.

After the finish, the horse then went on to do another full 13 furlong lap of the course before eventually being brought under control. As he finished for the second time, Thornton had just made his way down the course to the finishing line and watched ruefully as his mount thundered past in fine fettle.

Hoping to make Fakenham on Friday which will be a new course. Had planned to go to Fontwell today but time was too tight after a slow start this morning so strolled the mile down the road to Kempton.


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Bective Rangers 19 Ballymena 27
AIB Irish Rugby Union Cup
Crowd 65 (Headcount)
Admission Free
Programme 60 page colour shell which is very good with a four page photocopied insert. Left on a table in the bar although there were only two with the outer shells.

Played at the very nice Donnybrook ground. Thankfully admission was free as this game was awful to watch with the player skill level extremely poor.

Nice clubhouse but 5 euros for a pint of Magners - a complete rip off


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Kempton Park, National Hunt
Adm £18 on the day (reduced to £15 with Racegoers Club voucher), racecard £2.50, fish & chips £5.something

My first ever jumps meeting and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the autumn sunshine. Far from packed but enough to create a bit of atmosphere despite the small fields. The largest of the day was 7 runners and one went with only 3 after a late non-runner.



WB

I think small fields will be the order of the day at most jumps tracks until some decent rain arrives. Kelso's meeting on Saturday was very lightweight for runners in the chases, and I'm hoping it softens a bit for a decent card on November 7th.

Regarding Kempton, I used to go there a couple of times a year before moving north and I found there was a much better atmosphere for jumps meetings than the flat. The place only really fills for the Christmas meeting though.

Fish and chips were very good when I last went there a couple of years back, competing with Perth for best quality I've eaten at a racecourse. Are they still decent quality?

Rob


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I think small fields will be the order of the day at most jumps tracks until some decent rain arrives. Kelso's meeting on Saturday was very lightweight for runners in the chases, and I'm hoping it softens a bit for a decent card on November 7th.

Regarding Kempton, I used to go there a couple of times a year before moving north and I found there was a much better atmosphere for jumps meetings than the flat. The place only really fills for the Christmas meeting though.

Fish and chips were very good when I last went there a couple of years back, competing with Perth for best quality I've eaten at a racecourse. Are they still decent quality?

Rob


I certainly enjoyed the jumps more, but possibly unfair to compare a Sunday afternoon to the lower profile mid-week evening flat meeting I went to. Don't think I'll be in the country this Christmas otherwise I might have headed down there.

I'll see how the fields hold up at Fakenham on Friday and maybe Towcester on Sunday if I get up there - I see they have introduced free entry to almost all their meetings there, with a reported 275% increase in attendance.

The fish and chips were good, piping hot and freshly made. Although initially the fish looked a very "artificial" shape, it was a real fillet of fish inside, not reshaped stuff. The roast beef/pork rolls upstairs in the premier suite looked good too.

Oh and thanks for mentioning the Racegoers Club in one of your posts. I took one look at their site and thought that's for me! Joining after mid-year they charged me £12 and I've comfortably made that back already.


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RU Gilfach Goch 13 Mountain Ash 6

WRU Swalec League Div 2 East Attn c.350 Admit free programme (in lieu of admittance) £3
Outside catering van run by local lady : 2 Bacon rolls,3 hot chocolates and a coffee £5.60

After a non appearance by the football club,it was an easy back up choice to drive 400 yds down the hill to the Welfare Park.

These are good times to watch Gilfach Goch,who have been providing sporting encounters in the village since 1889,they sit at the top of the table,and one promotion would see them playing some 'big names' like Bridgend, Blackwood and Newbridge. Mountain Ash used to be a much feared top club and they have a long history (1878) as their nickname 'The Old Firm' suggests.

Conditions dictated a forwards orientated encounter,the backs didn't really get to open out today.Good standard of kicking from hand.Both teams ended up as the traditional 'two teams in brown'.

The Welfare Park is floodlit,is railed off down both sides but open at both ends.There is a camera gantry but no cover.I understand the programme is an innovation this season and is the 'large advert outside with a 4-page insert style'. No matter as it is there in lieu of admission.In common with many Welsh rugby teams the clubhouse is several streets away.There is an advertisement for it in the programme which states that on Thursday nights you can watch last weeks game as they are all recorded.The most baffling comment though is 'Cheeky Vimto £10'



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RU Gilfach Goch 13 Mountain Ash 6

WRU Swalec League Div 2 East Attn c.350 Admit free programme (in lieu of admittance) £3
Outside catering van run by local lady : 2 Bacon rolls,3 hot chocolates and a coffee £5.60


The most baffling comment though is 'Cheeky Vimto £10'



Sounds a bit dear that , Ruby Port and Blue W K D in a pitcher.



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Sat 24th October

Having given the world Cary Grant, Ian Holloway, Vicky Pollard and Trip Hop, the city of Bristol today provided me with four equally diverse treats - in the form of my first ever four-sport quadruple. OK, I know one of those is just a comedy character, but Blackpool fans probably take him seriously.

10.30am. Football League Youth Alliance
Bristol Rovers 4 AFC Bournemouth 2
Covered in football section

1pm. Slazenger England Hockey League, Womens Premier
Clifton 2 Canterbury 2
No admission, Programme by donation, Extensively-menued cafe facility on site

Clifton play at the Coombe Dingle complex, better known to hoppers as the home of Rockleaze Avonside FC in the Gloucs County League. There is too much going on there for there to to be much of a 'club' feel to the one being visited, but the central bar/cafe facility certainly fits the bill. England Hockey, the governing body, provide a four-page glossy card cover to apply all Premier League matches, allowing clubs the option of slipping a simple four-pager inside as a programme, as was the case here. Conversely, when I visited Exeter University in the Mens Premier earlier this season they produced a glossy-covered sixteen pages of their own, with the standard cover inside as an afterthought.

A tight but intruiging match really sparked off near the end. Previously pointless Clifton had soaked up considerable pressure before taking the lead with about fifteen minutes to go. International-studded Canterbury overhauled them in injury time, but the home side were able to equalise from a penalty corner in the very final seconds.

3pm. Tribute South West Division One West
Avonmouth Old Boys 0 Newton Abbot 12
Admission £4 inc programme (24 pages, glossy cover, 18 pages fresh content)
Attendance about 100

Many will recognise the location of this ground, as the clubhouse is clearly seen right next to the southbound M5 on the approach to the Avonmouth Bridge - in fact there is a motorway speed camera which appears to sit on club land. This is level six rugby, where the country has split down into eight areas, this one covering strong rugby country from Gloucester down to the tip of Cornwall. A large clubhouse and an undulating railed-off pitch is the extent of facilities, but the presentation is professional with admission collected on entry to the car park with a friendly greeting for visitors. As is often the case, the displays of shirts and photographs in the bars demonstrate a depth of love for this sport.

Hartpury College (Gloucester Academy in disguise) will win this league, but Newton Abbot are presently vying with Brixham as best of the rest, and they just about controlled the narrow victory, in difficult windy conditions, against a solid home side.

5.55pm English National Ice Hockey League, South Cup
Bristol Pit Bulls 10 Solent & Gosprt Devils 4
Admission £6, Programme £2.50 (pushing it with the price, and with an unfortunate 'Halloween' special cover)
Attendance about 160 when I walked round but gradually crept up.
Cafe closed due to staff training, although there was a collection for World Hunger Relief. I resisted comment!

Bristol Ice Rink is not great for hockey. It sits two storeys up a city-centre carbuncle, has balconies overhanging the ice on two sides, and pillars hard up against the boards which restrict viewing. One side of the rink is useles for watching from due to a major condensation problem on the plexi, and the rest of the glass is so grubby that it's best to stand at the back of the seating and peer over the top. The style of decor has not aged well, and the whole affair is pretty shabby - not at all befitting the legacy of Robin Cousins...

The expected big home win duly materialised, but after 5-2 and 9-3 at the ends of the first two periods, the match went to sleep a little in the final third - as could I have by that stage.


All in all, a very enjoyable and satisfying day out. Any ideas where I could get five sports in a day?!?


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Sun 25th October

Somerset Vase First Round
Wiveliscombe 45 Gordano 17
Admission £2 inc programme (24 page glossy advert shell, 4 page insert)
Attendance about 120

About this time last year I visited Bishops Lydeard FC. On a whim, I decided to return to North Devon via the old road through Wiveliscombe, simply because of it being a town, less than an hour from home, that I couldn't remember ever having been to or through before. On doing so, I noticed what a fantastic ground the rugby club have, and formed a desire to visit one day. Today was that day, and what a gem it is.

The town sits in a hollow in the Brendon Hills which lead on to the eastern slope of Exmoor, and the ground sits just off the town centre, with wooded hills to all sides. The stand shown in the links below is still in place, and perfectly maintained. It is stone-built, slate-roofed and iron-balconied. Seating is on long, broad wooden benches and there is a large working clock on the front. I actually don't think these pictures do it justice.
http://www.wiveliscomberugby.co.uk/history.htm
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/145397
There is also a large clubhouse, with team pictures stretching back to 1880. In these, the stand that appears to have preceded the current one needs to be seen to be believed!

Both sides hold 100% records in the ninth-level Somerset One division. I'm not sure that Gordano arrived all that early, and that may have been a factor in the 26-0 lead that the home side compiled in the opening twenty minutes. This proved decisive, but the match was well contested throughout on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

To think, I'd probably be none the wiser if I'd gone home the quick way from Bishops Lydeard...


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SATURDAY 31st NOVEMBER 5.35pm

GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
LEICESTER TIGERS V NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 29-15
ATTENDANCE 23,641
ADMISSSION £20 CRUMBIE TERRACE.
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Northampton saints took and early lead with a 4th minute try scored by Chris Day ,Converted by S.Myler. Leicester came back into the game with 2 penalties scored by J.Staunton on 11 and 19mins. Leicester took the lead on 22 mins with a try scored by winger lucas amorosino and converted by Staunton.northampton gave away to many penalties and Staunton converted 2 more on 38 and 39 mins. But saints hit back with a C.Ashton try on 40 mins. H/T 19-12 . Staunton added another penalty on 54 mins and Myler did the same on 59 mins . Leicester defended strongly as Northampton threw everything at them and they thought they had scored but the video referee ruled that saints dickson had been tackled in to touch. NO TRY . Tigers wrapped the game up on 76 mins with an A .Allen intercepted try .Converted by Staunton. F/T 29-15. A true derby game with plenty of passion by both teams, on a few occasions tempers spilled over by both sets of forwards. Both teams were missing players through injury and international call ups.





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Friday 30th October 2009

Uttoxeter Races.

Admission: £8 (Centre Course)

5th Racecourse ticked now, and getting the bug for doing more.

Enjoyed the course, i love jumps racing anyway.


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Not even sport!

Rhod Gilbert @ Buxton Opera House

Admission £15

Brilliant show and he didn't rely on his famous duvet or luggage routine from his TV appearances either. Tour finishes in April, so loads of chances to see it

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Isn"t he the Presdident of F.C.Llanbobl ?



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I will be off to Leeds v Sale on Sunday Nov 22nd at Headingley



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Did my final rugby league game of 2009 on Sunday which was also my first trip to the Brewery Field in Bridgend.

Wales beat Scotland 28-16 in the European Cup final - game in the balance until the last four minutes when the Scots spilled the ball near the try line and left themselves with too much to do.



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Back off to Uttoxeter again on Saturday for the Horse Racing.


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RU Wales 17 Samoa 13

Fri 13 Nov, Millenium Stadium,Cardiff
Attn 58,907 Admit (erm, freebies from father-in-law as birthday treat) Prog £5 Food.drinks don't be silly

A quick pint of SA in the Vulcan first and a pint afterwards in the home-brew opposite the main entrance, oh and in between the game!

5 of the ciderjon tribe in attendance for this one, a much bettter performance than the last time we saw this fixture. The opponents were known as Western Samoa then and they beat Wales that day (6.10.91). Chiz.

A great Vainikolo style try at this game from Leigh Halfpenny,but the biggest lesson for me to come out of this encounter is that full back is a very specialised position and when your first and second choices are injured you should go down the list further rather than playing someone out of position, however willing.

Largest crowd I've been in for three years.



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Couldn't make Uttoxeter in the afternoon due to work commitments. So headed off to Wolverhampton again.

Nice meeting, nice track, and good to see 2 winners from Godolphins stables.


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Rugby Union Premiership:
Leeds 17-24 Sale
Attendance 5955

Took my blind friend to this and only cost us £10 between us (technically he paid £10 and my helper ticket was free?). Leeds scored an early try but the Sale fans were in good voice first half. Don't know if some were still in the bar for the 2nd half but didn't seem so loud 2nd half. If they did stay in the bar, they missed by far Sale's best period. Their performance up to 55 minutes was error-strewn and perpetual kicks. However, at 17-3 to Leeds, the 2nd brawl of the game saw 1 player of each side sin-binned (really not sure the Leeds 13 escaped - involved in the brawl and then when it all calmed down, he came back for seconds!Pirate). That seemed to be the spark for Sale, suddenly they starting running the ball and Leeds panicked. Charlie Hodgson missed an 'unmissable' penalty in front of the posts, but the let-off did not last long as Sale scored a try soon after. Another was soon added to level the scores and Sale suddenly had all the play. What was ultimately the winning try came from a Leeds scrum 10m out which they failed to put the ball in at twice. When it finally went in 3rd time, they couldn't cope and lost the ball, Sale picking it up and punishing them. Leeds had a late chance to break through, but actually Sale could have extended the lead. In the end, a losing bonus point for Leeds was fair.

The Supporters Club bar just outside the ground serves a very good pint of cask Tetley Bitter - looks like you can take it into the ground in plastic glasses. No chance of any food at half time - the queue was around 50 people long for the sole burger van.



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Great Dane London 24 Cambridge 24

British handball league men's Sth Div
Sunday 22 Nov Venue: Leyton Orient fc SCORE centre
f + n attn 27

Despite being an Olympic sport Handball is little regarded in this country. A shame. I first came across it, on television, watching the 2000 Olympics.Being in Alsace at the time,quite a lot was shown unlike the BBC which ignores the sport.Since then I've tried to get to the occasional game , but am still a novice watcher.

Great Dane are the most successful club in the UK,a position they have held for a few years now. They represent UK at the European Challenge Cup and last year won the domestic double (again).

Cambridge are top of the table though,as they have played more games than Great Dane this season, so this contest was between the unbeaten top two. Still the unbeaten top two!

Cambridge, looking smart in an orange and black halved shirt, started the brighter and it was Great Dane who were always chasing and spent most of the game a goal down. The final equaliser was the last play of the game.Great Dane still looked more inventive,in particular their patient,almost walking pace build ups,before lightning-fast pace changing goal attacks.Thrilling.Cambridge's block defence was superb though, in one case seven minutes went by without a goal!

I hadn't seen a draw at Handball before (seems pretty rare)but it was the fairest outcome of this exciting contest.

If you're after watching something on a very wet afternoon in London, do consider Handball, but remember the venue is indoors but unheated,and you need as many layers as outdoors!



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2.15 pm National League Two North
Harrogate 10 Leicester Lions 10
Admission £8, Programme (20 shell, 8 fresh) £1, Sausage and chips (small) £2

Harrogate's fine Claro Road ground is under some threat, although it's difficult to establish quite how much. The last direct reference in their local press I have traced, from August, suggests that the club had to find £1 million to buy back the ground from developers or lose the ground 'in December'. The club's website makes no reference to the sitiation, although there is notice of cancellation of an EGM that had been called for Monday - which happens to be the last day in November. I can't vouch for the precise sequence of events that has led to this situation, but I think it may bear some resemblance to the following two-stage process i) sell the ground to developers, spend the money on players, climb the leagues ii) end up back where you started, with no money and no ground. Whatever my views about the club's predicament, the ground would be a great loss, and so I fitted in a visit for today.

4th versus 5th provided an engrossing contest, with Harrogate's first-half try from a rolling maul being levelled with the last play as the visitors finally got over the line after a considerable spell of pressure - where the steam rising from the packs helped to illuminate their location in the gathering gloom.

6.45pm English National Ice Hockey League North Two
Grimsby Redwings 0 Solihull Barons 9
Admission £3, No programme, sundry vending machine fare

I missed the chance to see senior Ice Hockey in beautiful Billingham before they pulled out in the summer, so a visit to the bright lights of Grimsby was the best alternative. Grimsby are, by some definitions, one of the longest-standing clubs in England, but are also, by many measures, about the smallest club around. There were only about fifty people in attendance tonight, twenty or so having come with the visitors, and it's the first club I've visited with no programme, merchandise, tannoy or catering. The playing surface is certainly the smallest there is, way below half of the area of a standard rink, which at least assists the home side in keeping the score down.

The Redwings have lost every game this season, by an average margin of thirteen, but tonight's result was an improvement on their two previous meetings with Solihull, where they lost 18-0 away and 22-0 at home. I saw Bradford lose 13-0 at Solihull earlier in the season and look the most outclassed side I have seen in a league situation in any sport, but Grimsby have actually lost 13-0 at Bradford and have a much worse overall record. I remain in awe of the enthusiasm mustered to maintain the side and travel across the northern half of England to fulfil fixtures in this expensive sport.


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Friday November 27

Horse Racing - MUSSELBURGH
(Going: Good To Soft, good in places)

Admission - by press pass (I've managed to wangle my way on to the list courtesy of contributions to a couple of horse racing websites)
Programme - 48 pages Free (and that's for everyone not press passes)

My first jumps meeting of the 09-10 campaign at Mussleburgh. A rather low key meeting but well patronised by Irish trainers seeking better ground than that prevalent in Ireland. A brisk chilly breeze blew across Mussleburgh Links meaning it as jumper and thick coat time, but it was a glorious sunny day and pleasant out of the wind.

12.10 The first contest was a poor event with only two previous winners in a conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle. Essentially inexperienced jockeys on poor horses. Irish challenger STRONGPOINT had the best previous form and won with a little to spare.

12.40 A juvenile hurdle race and the Irish raiders made it two out of two at Claire MacMahon's CARLITO BRIGANTE found the decent going much better than the heavy he encountered at Navan. Chances are this one will be seen back at Musselburgh soon given that the track suits and the quick draining track provides decent ground.

1.10 Plenty of spills in this novices handicap chase. However DAR ES SALAAM jumped well on his chasing debut and picked off Persian Prince on the flat. The winner may have a bit more to come. Sadly that won't be the case for Clarricien who suffered a fatal injury breaking down on the flat after the fourth. Better news of More Shennanigans who remained down after falling at the last. He got up after a few minutes to applause from the crowd, led it must be said by the bookmakers (perhaps softer than the hard bitten exterior would let on?), and his stable girl reported that the gelding had been 'winded' but was fine.

1.45 No strength in depth in this maiden hurdle, but the front two came well clear and both look promising. HOLD FAST hurdled very well on debut to win and was followed home by interesting Irish prospect Meath All Star. Both can go on to better contests.

2.20 A handicap hurdle where a few could be given a chance but many aren't particular predicatble. Well fancied Haka Dancer got a kick from Bocciani at the start, and the way he faded suggested some effect from that. Meanwhile HIGH STAND LAD led all the way and won with a bit in hand.

2.55 A race where all eight runners had shown some decent form in their recent record. FRED BOJANGALS can be frustrating but found track and going to his liking, coming clear nicely from two out. The even more frustrating High Bird Humphrey was well backed, but he skewed over the first and his rider fell off.

3.25 As is customary many of the crowd departed before the closing National Hunt Flat race. I've no problem with that since it means less of a rush after the race, and anyway I find these events informative iwth the long term future in mind. In the event a few finished in a heap. The exposed If Ever led until three furlongs from home and kept on well enough. DEFINITE ALL STAR will need longer distances once going hurlding, so a tight win here isn't off-putting, whereas Allow Me picked up late on and will improve with experience.

Next meeting marked down is Mussleburgh on Monday 7th December, followed by horse racing meets human racing as the New Year Sprint (formerly the Powderhall Sprint) returns on Tuesday 29th December.


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Friday 20th November 2009

Wolverhampton Races

£10 (Admission)

A good meeting at Wolves tonight, including a feature race worth £12,000 to the winner.

Thursday 26th November 2009

Uttoxeter Races

£20 (Premier Enclosure Admission)

A good afternoons racing at Uttoxeter, several good horses on view.


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Friday Dec 4th

Masters Tennis, Royal Albert Hall

Seats in the East Choir £45.


What a venus, first time I have ever been inside, couldn't get over just how good it is.

The singles was Mark Philippoussis V Younes El Aynaoui, an excellent game won by the latter.

This was followed by a doubles game between Luke & Murphy Jenson V Mark Woodforde & Peter McNamara, this was a bit too much "fun" for me, indeed I wish I had left to get an earlier train home, after the superb Singles game. Final fare of the evening was another Doubles game: Jeremy Bates & Chris Wilkinson V Henri Leconte and some other Le Cont. Thankfully I had to leave 15 mins into this "exhibition knockabout" to get the last train homewards.


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Bristol Sonics 10 Orrell St James 34

Rugby League BARLA Cup 1r
Sat 5 Dec 1.30 f + n attn 26

This is not the time of year to go anywhere without confirmation, so I was really pleased to receive a text from the home Chairman on friday lunchtime saying the ground had passed a pitch inspection.Ground is railed off,floodlit but no cover. No programme today as the game was not confirmed until friday. Chiz.

Surprisingly low-key encounter,Sonics did well when you consider they are out of season,whilst OStJ are right in the thick of theirs.Played in a gentlemanly spirit,full marks on the fair play stakes. OStJ look a decently run club (Andy Farrell used to play for them),and very good luck to them in the next round when they have a home tie against West Hull (I've seen them - they're a bit good).

A rare day out for the Sonics' Ultras (well ok, me,Greg and the other phil)in the depths of winter.See you next year.My first BARLA Cup game for 18 years,and the first featuring my most watched Rugby League team in the whole world. Ever.



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Olympia 16 Great Dane London 26

British Handball League,Men's South Div
Venue: Leyton Orient fc, SCORE Centre
Sunday 6 Dec 12.20 f+ n attn 20

Great Dane charge on,with a good win against perennial rivals Olympia. Games between these two sides were often abandoned in the past,hopefully that sort of behaviour stays in the past. As usual Great Dane's No 7 (who used to play professionally for Barcelona) was several rungs higher on the quality ladder than anyone else and his attacking display meant that Great Dane could relax in the second half.Olympia were just too impatient in the first half,attempting shots too early rather than getting into positions with a higher conversion percentage.The patient, crescendo attack is what distinguishes Great Dane who are now top of the table on goal difference from Cambridge (who had a free weekend).



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HORSE RACING

Monday December 7th

Musselburgh - Going: Good to soft

Admission - £12 (incl. Racgoers' Club discount)
Programme - Free with admission
Attendance - 500-600, a quiet Monday

Musselburgh often avoids rain that soaks other parts of Scotland, nearby Dunbar is the driest place in Britain, and true to form the rain falling as I travelled around the Edinburgh by-pass gave way to drier weather on nearing the course.

12.50 A few old favourites appeared in the opening staying chase. Snowy has been around here a few times but fell at the sixth on this occasion. He quickly knows his way about though as he follwoed the field and knew where the course exit was. The race was won by Lucinda Russell's NELLIEDONETHAT who has been in good form over the past year and was a sixth career success.

1.20 The finish of the maiden hurdle was perhaps apporpriately fought out by two mares. AMANDA CARTER put her previous experience to good effect in holding hurdling newcomer Rose Street, the pair well clear of a the remainder.

1.50 The main talking point of the afternoon was an incident where odds-on favourite Meridian City ran out on the stands' bend. It wouldn't surprise me if there is a physical problem since he consistently lugged left at his hurdles adn wouldn't go around the right hand bend. KELLYSTOWN LAD showed a decent turn of foot to see off those left with teh second favourite Sunarri looking like another tricky ride.

2.20 A competitive handicap hurdle looked within the grasp of veteran Portavadie, but h e made a mess of the last hurdle and pipped right on the line by the much less experience FIRST STREAM. Natural Action ran a decent race to finish a close third and all three put in decent perofrmances.

2.50 SEA VENTURE recorded a first win at the twentieth attmpt over jumps, although this was his first steeplechase. He beat an ordinary bunch with well exposed Lindseyfield Lodge coming home second.

3.20 One to follow form the meeting may be the NH Flat race runner-up CHESTER LAD. He looks a real jumping type who, while he may take a 'bumper', will come into his own once he oges jumping. Those of you looking for ah orse to keep an eye on could do plenty worse. The race was won by previous winner FINAL DAY who held Chester Lad in a nip and tuck finish that providing an exciting end to the day.


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2.15 pm National League Two North
Harrogate 10 Leicester Lions 10
Admission £8, Programme (20 shell, 8 fresh) £1, Sausage and chips (small) £2

Harrogate's fine Claro Road ground is under some threat, although it's difficult to establish quite how much.



If anybody is interested, the situation has been discussed on a rugby board below. Not much clearer though.
http://www.rolling-maul.com/...&title=harrogate


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Cardiff Blues 15 Stade Toulousain 9

Heinken Cup Group Phase 3rd round
Sat 12 Dec Admit. £23 Prog £3
City of Cardiff Stadium, revisit for 2nd sport attn 10,511
Food/drink: please don't consider

The only 'essai' here was the smooth keg variety at the bar. Blues won because they gave away less penalties in the breakdown area,and Ben Blair and Leigh Halfpenny were in good kicking order. Toulouse gained many turnovers but the ensuing attacks kept breaking down due to handing errors (cold hands?) .

Stadium has had plently of write ups here,no atmosphere,usual cement and breeze blocks. Bar open at half time and heated,so warmed up (briefly).Was unexcited by the idea of £1.70 for a hot drink.

Parked up in Canton (leisurly 20 minute stroll)for free parking to tick the Wetherspoons (and take advantage of cheap lunching potential).Initially B- for beer range,but then spotted a second set of handpumps, one of which had the Brothers Jenkins finest (SOAB).Had to make them pour away the first two pints though as it obviously hadn't been pulled through sufficiently.Then off to the Butchers Arms for a quick pint of Dark.



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13th December 2009
English National Ice Hockey League Cup (North Group)
Flintshire Freeze 4 Blackburn Hawks 8
Admission £5
Programme £1 (20 pages)
Att: 250 ish

Queensferry Ice Rink is over 10 years old now (where do the years go) and has stood the text of time quite well. Thankfully you can get down the far side again opposite the elevated seating (which isn't as good a view as it appears from ground level) after a period of H&S insanity. It's one of the best lit lower level rinks in the country and always appears bright, clean and tidy. Could be something to do with the fact that it's a Council owned facility.

Div 2 Freeze never really looked like troubling Div 1 Hawks, although at 3-4 at the end of 2nd period you did wonder if Blackburn were going to self destruct (something they have quite a record of in recent years). Blackburn were superior in pretty much all departments and only poor finishing and some great stops from Freeze NM Matt Compton kept the score as close as it was for 2/3 of the game.

Great end to end game though with plenty of shots, big hits and the odd bit of handbags, these two clubs have quite a rivalry going and games between them rarely disappoint. This was no exception.


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English National Ice Hockey League Cup (North Group)
Flintshire Freeze 4 Blackburn Hawks 8

Queensferry Ice Rink is over 10 years old now (where do the years go) and has stood the text of time quite well.


Is it a rebuild of the old Deeside Leisure Centre, i.e. where the Deeside Dragons used to play coming on for 30 years ago now? I used to skate there occasionally while at Kelsterton College (the one next to where Connah's Quay Nomads now play)

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Is it a rebuild of the old Deeside Leisure Centre, i.e. where the Deeside Dragons used to play coming on for 30 years ago now? I used to skate there occasionally while at Kelsterton College (the one next to where Connah's Quay Nomads now play)

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It's in the same complex but a different arena within the complex.

The original rink is still there, but is now used for roller/inline sports.

The new rink is slightly further behind (closer to the Dee) but you walk past the internal entrance to the old one to get to it.

From a spectators point of view, the new one is much better.

Well worth a look if you're ever up that way, but they play virtually all of their games on a Sunday (6-30 starts), so few options to double up with footy.


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Bristol Rugby 37 Bedford Blues 16

English Rugby Union Championship
Fri 18 Dec Admit £15 Prog £2.50
attn 4869

Our first choice tonight, Newport Gwent Dragons vs Biarritz,bit the dust after a 5pm pitch inspection. Full marks to Bristol for having a web site which updated after both pitch inspections. All this without leaving the house! There's modern we are.

Thoroughly enjoyable game between two highly competitive sides. More running rugby in this encounter than I've seen in RU for ages. I shall have to watch more at this level,maybe, and leave the higher echelons to ping-pong fanciers. Bedford led throught the first half,but seemed to tire towards the end as Bristol ran in three tries in the last half hour.

Only half an hour home, and home made lentil and bacon soup to warm us up!



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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons - assuming that they play at Rodney Parade. I was surprised that the game was off as all the floodlights were on when I went past at about 1930 hrs.


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Re: Newport Gwent Dragons - assuming that they play at Rodney Parade. I was surprised that the game was off as all the floodlights were on when I went past at about 1930 hrs.

Game was actually played at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli on Saturday pm 1.35 , Biarritz having already arrived before the postponement.

I assume floodlights were left on for safety reasons (!) as prospective spectators without web access would still have been turning out then ?



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I saw that there was a gate of about 750 for that game, Jon. I assume it was a very late decision to relocate the match?

Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, the big promotion clash in the English Championship between Exeter and Bristol at the new Sandy Park stadium on Sunday is a sell-out! Interesting to see how the Chiefs will react after that surprise first defeat of the season at Plymouth Albion last weekend.


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Bristol Rugby 37 Bedford Blues 16

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attn 4869

Our first choice tonight, Newport Gwent Dragons vs Biarritz,bit the dust after a 5pm pitch inspection. Full marks to Bristol for having a web site which updated after both pitch inspections. All this without leaving the house! There's modern we are.

Thoroughly enjoyable game between two highly competitive sides. More running rugby in this encounter than I've seen in RU for ages. I shall have to watch more at this level,maybe, and leave the higher echelons to ping-pong fanciers. Bedford led throught the first half,but seemed to tire towards the end as Bristol ran in three tries in the last half hour.

Only half an hour home, and home made lentil and bacon soup to warm us up!



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I saw that there was a gate of about 750 for that game, Jon. I assume it was a very late decision to relocate the match?

Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, the big promotion clash in the English Championship between Exeter and Bristol at the new Sandy Park stadium on Sunday is a sell-out! Interesting to see how the Chiefs will react after that surprise first defeat of the season at Plymouth Albion last weekend.

There was a back up plan organized, the Dragons website had the change of venue and time up before we left for the Bristol game,so about 6.45 Friday night. Fortuneately our tickets are going to be re-validated by the community officer for any game of our choice in the New Year (they were organised by my younger daughter through her primary school via the outreach in the community programme, isn;t it marvellous when your ten year old daughter sorts out cheap tickets for you?).Am hoping to get half price tickets for the Munster game (6 march 18.30) in exchange,PM me Paddy if interested.

At the Bristol game word was out about the sell out at Exeter,this is the defining game of Bristol's season,so no surprise really, just a shame they've built such a small new ground.



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But we know where you were on Saturday. We saw you on the West Somerset Railway frightening children Tongue


Obviously some cretinous imposter with a fake beard. We in the Real Sint Niklaas Verbroedering despise these people (for want of a better word).Anyway was at Hounslow Wanderers.The frightening children is OK though,usually my own......



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Cardiff Blues 42 Newport Gwent Dragons 13

Magner's League, Rugby Union Sunday 27 Dec
Venue: City of Cardiff Stadium Status: Revisit (just fancied the chance of a good game on a Sunday night!)
Admit £23 Prog £3 Food/drink: Sort it out beforehand (pint of Dark in the Insole Arms £2.10)
Attn No official record obtained yet, guessing at around 12 - 13,000

By half time the game looked likely to be beyond the Blues,they were very poor in the first half and trailed 3 - 13
Dai Young must have put something in their tea, because they came out with a determined smirk for the second half and ran in five unanswered tries.So their second consequetive bonus point Magner's League win,just what is needed if automatic entry to next season's Heineken Cup is to be maintained.
Gareth Thomas came on from the bench to a warm round of inclusive applause,as Blues really cut loose



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Leeds Carnegie 15 Bath 20
Guinness Premiership
Admission £17, programme cba

I'd been intending to mop up Headingley by watching a Rugby Union match there for ages, but would have preferred not to have used up a Saturday.
It's surprising how little the ground has altered since I first went there in about 1966, with the South Stand terrace being a real relic of the past, with minimal crush barriers.
I've only ever been to about half a dozen union games (I much prefer league), and don't entirely understand all of the rules. Nor it seemed do many of the crowd or players, hence little dissent or abuse at the surfeit of penalties, both sides scoring five. Bath won by scoring the only try and looked the better side when the ball was(rarely) in hand.
Novelty value.


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 Manchester Phoenix 6 Slough Jets 7
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Sun 3rd Jan 2010

After 3 weeks with no footie Unsure I went for the first time ever to Ice Hockey @ Altincham Ice Rink for The English Premier League fixture between Manchester Phoenix v Slough Jets..................BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!

Normal on the night admission is £13 (Adults) , £3 for programme..............will be going again without doubt !!


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Sat 9th Jan - 17:15 fo - English League 2 - admission complimentary pass, but usually £4, programme £1.50 - Att 210 h/c

Romford Fury 2 Chelmsford Warriors 5

Minor consolation for not seeing a football game today or getting a tick of any sort, was a cheap evening out at Rom Valley Way watching the 'Fury' get beat, for something like the 7th time on the trot. Standard niggly encounter, with lots of bluster and not much skill. At least it was warmer in there than outside. Tomorrows Raiders game with Manchester is off and they will now play the Fury in a friendly, just in case anyone fancies it (I don't).



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Saturday 16th January 2010 2pm

Heineken cup. Pool 3. Round 5.
LEICESTER TIGERS v VIADANA 47-8
Attendance 21,726
Admission £ 20 Standing Crumbie Terrace.
Programme £ 3

A comfortable win for Leicester this afternoon against Italian side Viadana. Leicester scored 5 tries in the first half to secure the bonus point they required. Leicester led 35-3 at HALF TIME. In to the second half and it was Viadana who scored the first points of the half (while down to 14 with Garry Law sin binned ) with a try through Pablo Canavosio on 55mins. On 70 minutes Dan Hipkiss scored his second try of the game and leicesters 6th . Aaron Mauger scored scored leicesters 7th try following a blistering run from Alesana Tuilagi on 74 minutes to make the final score 47 -8 .

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Sunday 17th January 2010

Wolverhampton Races

Free Admission

Took advantage of Wolves offer of free admission throughout January on all meetings, alot of people there today and some good horses on show including Matsunosuke who won the feature class 2 handicap.


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ETF Securities Capital Challenge
The Honourable Artillery Club 1.45pm
London Skolars 0 Harlequins RL 56 att.300est.
£15 Admission
£2-50p programme

Too good an opportunity to miss a game here, with the game being better than the scoreline suggests, as Skolars regularly get thrashed by everyone anyway.
Weird to be at Rugby League surrounded by office blocks, with the pitch just being roped off, but in an excellent setting.
£15 for a ticket was well overpriced, considering Harlequins are only charging £10 v Melbourne Storm, for their warm up to The World Club Challenge v Leeds Rhinos, and the programmes hadn't even arrived at kick off, although the general opinion seemed to be that there wasn't going to be one.
I went inside to get one after the game, then noticed as i walked out of the gate back into City Road, that there was a box of about 200 of them just lying on the floor, so a good bit of enterprise shown by the Skolars there, by firstly not having programmes on sale beforehand, then not even bothering to try selling them when they arrived. Good to see that they can afford to waste these opportunities to make money.



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ETF Securities Capital Challenge
The Honourable Artillery Club 1.45pm
London Skolars 0 Harlequins RL 56 att.300est.
£15 Admission
£2-50p programme

Too good an opportunity to miss a game here, with the game being better than the scoreline suggests, as Skolars regularly get thrashed by everyone anyway.
Weird to be at Rugby League surrounded by office blocks, with the pitch just being roped off, but in an excellent setting.
£15 for a ticket was well overpriced, considering Harlequins are only charging £10 v Melbourne Storm, for their warm up to The World Club Challenge v Leeds Rhinos, and the programmes hadn't even arrived at kick off, although the general opinion seemed to be that there wasn't going to be one.
I went inside to get one after the game, then noticed as i walked out of the gate back into City Road, that there was a box of about 200 of them just lying on the floor, so a good bit of enterprise shown by the Skolars there, by firstly not having programmes on sale beforehand, then not even bothering to try selling them when they arrived. Good to see that they can afford to waste these opportunities to make money.



Thought about doing it as your fellow Burger Eating friend mentioned it, but was slightly put off by Harlequins write up about how many of the Skolers players were Harlequin assets. Also it was raining and I've just washed my car.


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Warrington Wizards 46 University of Birmingham 4

Sunday 24 Jan 3pm
Rugby League Challenge Cup Prelim Round
attn c.150 admit £3 Bovril £1

Somehow Wilderspool survives!

You can tell this was once a meaningful stadium by the size of the car park. Only one turnstile is used at the foot of the main stand, which was the only part of the ground open for spectators today.This is still kept clean and tidy inside and contains plenty of toilet areas and a small , but warm,bar/tea bar. No sign of a pie but there were cheese cobs.I don't know who is responsible for the upkeep (Warrington Wizards, Town Council ???)but it is looked after compared to the rest of the ground, which slumbers on in decrepitude.

The two covered ends are largely intact, the crush barriers being used today to dry out the pitch coverings,but the side opposite the main stand is desolate in a sort of industrial/Goth amalgam.There were six steps or so of terrace here,backing onto a large wall of a disused factory.This has been demolished (mostly) leaving open factory floors.Gauze has been used to block egress by rugby balls and pidgeons,but as the light faded in the second half and the floodlights came on I could see people running through this derelict building.It took me a few moments to realise they were reflections of the players themselves.....or maybe Ghosts of Games Past. On the roof of this partially demolished building are the abandoned commentary box (sliding glass open,nice for the pidgeons)and television gantries (or were they gun emplacements?).Also on this side was the police control point above a blockhouse which is now painted pink with a large eye painted on it.The grass had not been cut (presumably not wanting to get machinery on a soft surface)which somehow contributed to the funereal miasma.

No programme was produced today (the first time I have not got one in the Challenge Cup,which is after all the world's most prestigious Rugby League Cup for clubs), but a big thank you to the club administrator for texting me back to report that the game was on. For your chance to visit Wilderspool (while it is still there) www.warringtonwizards.org.uk



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Manchester Phoenix 6 Slough Jets 7
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After 3 weeks with no footie Unsure I went for the first time ever to Ice Hockey @ Altincham Ice Rink for The English Premier League fixture between Manchester Phoenix v Slough Jets..................BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!

Normal on the night admission is £13 (Adults) , £3 for programme..............will be going again without doubt !!


Phoenix are playing Sheffield this THURSDAY (28th), for those who may want to tick the venue without it inctruding on a weekend.

Anyway, I was at:

Blackburn Hawks 6 Whitley Warriors 5
ENIHL Division 1 North
Att: 550 (est)
Adm: £6
Prog: £1.50

The biggest crowd of the season were treated to the best game of the season in an absolute thriller, with the result in doubt from start to finish.

Whitley were 1-0 up inside 2 minutes but by time 4 minutes had elapsed, Blackburn were 2-1 up. They made it 3-1 early in the 2nd and looked on course for a comfortable win when the visitors awoke from their slumber and rattled in 3 unanswered goals in a touch over 2 minutes, midway through the period. The start of the third was frenetic with Hawks levelling, Whitley retaking the lead almost immdiately and then Hawks battered away desperately trying to break down a tiring Warriors defence. They finally levelled at 5-5 with around 5 minutes left then with both sides going at it hammer and tongs and end to end, it was Blackburn who settled it with just under 2 minutes left.

Have to say the travelling Whitley support were great and added to a cracking night's entertainment, the noise in the Arena during the 3rd period was incredible.

After winning only 2 of their first 13 league and cup games, Blackburn have now won 9 of their last 11 and must be dark horses for both the league playoffs and league cup, an incredible transformation from a team that could barely buy a win in the first two months of the season.

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MONDAY 25th JANUARY 2010

Wolverhampton Races.
Admission free
Race card £ 2.50
Train fare £14.40

A chance to do a new race course and with free entry in january decided on wolverhampton . My 7th race course tick . I was impressed with the race cousre .Also my first all weather track.


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Leigh Centurions v Oldham Roughyeds 24-12

One of my infrequent trips into the world of Rugby League for this Northern Rail Cup group game at a snowy Leigh Sports Village. Plenty of work had been done to clear car parking spaces (free) and the pitch still had a covering of snow as well. The main stand was open for sitting (£16) and one end for standing (£14) which was more than enough for the meagre crowd of 1,627 that turned out. Match programmes were available for £3 and this also include (while stocks last) a copy of GameOn gratis.

Leigh raced into an 18-0 lead just after half time having much the better of the first half. In the second Oldham got back into it exploiting a Leigh weakness against the kick trough to score two tries, but ultimately Leigh were the better team.




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TUESDAY 2nd FEBUARY 2010

PERRY BARR GREYHOUND STADIUM.
ADMISSION . Free
RACE CARD . Free.
TRAIN FARE. £ 9.40

As it is free on tuesday mornings i decided on a trip to Perry Barr for the morning meeting. I was not impressed with the stadium. but a chance for a 6th dog track tick.


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England U20 41 Wales U20 14

Rugby Union, U20 Six Nations
Friday 5 Feb
Venue: Kingsholm admit £10 prog £2 attn 4,774

I don't often say nice things about the English RU authorities,but I am pleased they chose this venue. Kingsholm is a really good rugby ground, with local fans steeped in the game. A warm (7 degree) February evening in The Shed is a very decent start to the weekend. Even at one third full, Kingsholm still has a crackling atmosphere, just the result let our party down!



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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2010

RUGBY UNION - National 1.

Nuneaton v Blaydon. 20-24
Attendance - 155
Admission - £ 8
Programme - £ 1

Todays game was played on the stadium pitch as Nuneaton Town were away. Blaydon started the better scoring 3 tries in the first 15 mins although the 2nd try did look to have a forward pass in the move,nuns defending was very poor for all 3 tries. Nuneaton kept in touch with blaydon with 3 first half penalties . Half Time. Nuneaton 9-17 Blaydon. Nuneaton added a drop goal on 46 mins but poor defending again gave blaydon an easy try which was converted to lead 24-12 on 48 minutes. Nuns looked out of game but blaydon let them back in as nuneaton scored a 71st minute try although they missed the conversion which hit the woodwork. On 75 minutes nuns scored a penalty to make the last 5 minutes very tense. Nuneaton tried for a hard to get a try but blaydon had to defend strongly which they did. Nuneaton did manage a losing bonus point but i think relegation is looking more and more likey.


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Sunday February 9th
Horse Racing
MUSSELBURGH
Attendance - 3,134
Admission - £20 (By virtue of my website contributions I had use of a press pass - hence free)
Programme - 48 pages, full colour, with admission.

Musselburgh's best card of the season with Nick Henderson sending a decent string north and picking up two races. His CANDY CREEK took the first race and this novice hurdle looked and interesting contest. All seven could conceivably pick up a race somewhere along the line with long term interest in Devil Water (good engine and will do well back over fences now his jumping is in order) and Bubbly Breeze (bred to be a staying chaser so patience needed)
Calum Whillans scored a first ever win on Hawick trained LEITH WALK in the second race with Langholm-based James Ewart's Quick Will making it a 1-2 for the Borders. Quick Will should pick up a race soon with the stable in good form.
Irish raider CARLITO BRIGANTE rubber-stamped his Cheltenham credentials with an easy win in the juvenile hurdle. Ultimate takes some credit for a good pacemaking effort and keeping on to hold second place. The start had been delayed for 12 minutes as Ultimate's reins broke on the way to the start and a replacement set had to found.
FIENDISH FLAME took a competitve novice chase for Donald McCain junior. 'Young Ginger' is a better trainer than his dad and had his string in decent form after the freeze.
The fire alarm went off in the stands which necessitated an evacuation. A fire engine arrived swiftly and parked up in the enclosure. The alarm was checked, found to be false, reset, the firemen went back to base and the crowds returned to their positions!
Nick Henderson's ERADICATE won the Scottish County Hurdle and now goes for the Cheltenham version. PALOMAR ran a decent second and looks set to pick up a race before long. Sadly we lost 3-times course winner Red Moloney to a nasty fall at the second flight.
JOHN FORBES won an incident packed Claiming Chase where only two of the seven runners completed the course.
After a delay before race three and a fire alert later the course executive did well to get the final race, the National Hunt Flat Race, off on time. It was won in impressive style by flat bred TALE OF TANGANYIKA, who to my mind might be worth trying in 'proper' Flat races in the spring. Keep an eye out for him.

Derek Thompson was MC in the paddock and kept a fair group of patrons enthralled through the afternoon. He does go on a bit, and isn't really my cup of tea, but he captures the interest of the casual racegoer so there is benefit to the sport.

For those interested I've done a full report at

http://scotracing.blogspot.com/...iths-cheltenham.html

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Sunday 9th February: Halifax RLFC 24-0 Dewsbury Rams
Northern Rail Cup. Admission: £15 I think - got in with season ticket Prog: £2 THE DREADED GAY MON RETURNS!!!

Not one of the greatest games I've ever seen. Halifax were more ringrusty then their West Yorkshire neighbours given the extremely disrupted pre-season. Both sides made a lot of errors on a tricky surface that was quite slippy underfoot. Was quite fun singing 'You couldn't score with John Terry' to the Rams fans, which they didn't really have a response to.
The game saw the dreaded return of the 'Game On Magazine' which to all extents and purposes IS NOT A PROGRAMME! Basically, its like classing the Northern League Club magazine as a programme for a Northern League game. Not happy with it, and it seems neither are fans after extremely poor sales last season, but for whatever reason they are sticking with it for another season.
Pre-match was spent in the Halifax 'Spoons (Barum Top Hotel) where I used two vouchers of the 6 I have left until March, followed by the Plummet Line and 3 Pigeons (always superb beer here). After the match, didn't hang around too long as my fellow Ponte-Fax friend was working and couldn't make the game, so just had one in the Pump Room before getting home before 10pm.



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Wolverhampton Races 12.2.10 Admission £15.00

Off to evening flat meeting tomorrow at Wolverhampton with friends and family for first time. Booked on line getting the party pack package for £15.00 which also included 3 drinks at £2.50 each, looks something of a bargain. Hope weather picks up and is not too cold.


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Sunday 9th February: Halifax RLFC 24-0 Dewsbury Rams
Northern Rail Cup. Admission: £15 I think - got in with season ticket Prog: £2 THE DREADED GAY MON RETURNS!!!

Not one of the greatest games I've ever seen. Halifax were more ringrusty then their West Yorkshire neighbours given the extremely disrupted pre-season. Both sides made a lot of errors on a tricky surface that was quite slippy underfoot. Was quite fun singing 'You couldn't score with John Terry' to the Rams fans, which they didn't really have a response to.
The game saw the dreaded return of the 'Game On Magazine' which to all extents and purposes IS NOT A PROGRAMME! Basically, its like classing the Northern League Club magazine as a programme for a Northern League game. Not happy with it, and it seems neither are fans after extremely poor sales last season, but for whatever reason they are sticking with it for another season.
Pre-match was spent in the Halifax 'Spoons (Barum Top Hotel) where I used two vouchers of the 6 I have left until March, followed by the Plummet Line and 3 Pigeons (always superb beer here). After the match, didn't hang around too long as my fellow Ponte-Fax friend was working and couldn't make the game, so just had one in the Pump Room before getting home before 10pm. LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh GAME ON and LEIGH CENTURIONS : At Leigh Centurions they ARE still doing their own match day prog 52 pages @ £3 ...........and you get the "Game On " Magazine Free (whilst stocks last....ie about 250 Game On's are usually available)



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I believe the situation last season in Ch1 (NL2 as was) was that each club had to take a min of 150 copies, of which you were billed for 75, so sell the lot and you'd make £150.

The brutal truth though is that people don't want it, witness the number of clubs still doing their own match programmes and effectively giving away Game On.

Shame the RFL can't wake up and smell the coffee.


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Apparently all the clubs (outside Super Lge) voted on this issue and there were more who opted to retain Game On than those who did'nt !


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I find that completely baffling myself, but maybe clubs have gotten used to the 'comfort' so to speak of not having to bother with producing their own programme and just doing a piece from the chairman and manager.
Last season, Featherstone, Leigh, Widnes and Barrow were all doing their own and just had game ons in a box next to the sellers. I never got to get the Widnes one though Frown.
Also Oldham did a 'wrap-around' A3 programme with game on hidden inside. I'll report on my findings at London Skolars and Sheffield over the next week, but wouldn't expect anything done by the clubs.
The annoying thing is before all of this, Halifax did a pretty decent programme which had just the right amount of content in but now they don't bother Unsure



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Eagles do a stats sheet with some details of the game on it.
To be honest Eagles were probably one of the clubs that would vote for Game On.

Sums up RL HQ really, not a bloody clue and makes FA seem on the ball.



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Sunday 7 February
Super League
Warrington 58 Harlequins 0

Awesome performance by the Wire who nilled someone for the first time in an SL game.

Five tries for Chris Riley and at one time we scored from four consecutive plays.

Quins weren't at their best TBF but off to a good start.



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Sun 14th Feb
Ice Hockey Elite League
Coventry Blaze 5-1 Sheffield Steelers
£12 in £2 prog

Tidy win by Blaze who were always in control against a distinctly average Steelers. 2-0 up after 1 3-1 after 2 and 5-1 ft
Healthy crowd of around 2800 at the Skydome so at least Ice Hockey in Coventry retains its popularity


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Rugby League Challenge Cup 2nd Round Sunday 14th February 2.30pm
Royal Navy 46 Nottingham Outlaws 6 att.62(h/c)
Free admission
Free Programme

Royal Navy play at The United Services Sports Ground, Burnaby Road East, which is floodlit with a 334 seat stand, shared with cricket, which is where the changing rooms were, inside the cricket pavilion. The ground is on the opposite side of the road to where Portsmouth RN play in the Hampshire League 2004, where there was a match taking place at the same time as the rugby.
Nottingham took an early lead, before RN soon replied, with the game staying at 6-6 for quite a time, with RN going over twice more just before halftime to go in 18-6 up.
In the second half it was one way traffic, with all but 1 try converted, with a post hit, from a kick far easier than others he made.
Also present were The Jolly Green Giant and The Jellied Eel.



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Blackpool Panthers 74 Gateshead Thunder 6
Northern Rail Cup
Att: 194
Entrance £12
Prog: No (Game On £2, won't touch with a barge pole)
Food: Pint of Black Sheep Bitter and a coke £3.65, Home Made Lasagne and Chips £3 (superb)

Panthers record win watched by their 2nd lowest ever crowd. The punters just won't pay £12 to watch pre season friendlies, which is pretty much how most clubs treat the NR Cup.

It has to be said though that for all the shortcomings of the Thunder (virtually rebuilt after last season's financial disasters) some of the rugby played by Blackpool was thrilling to watch, although they did go to sleep for a long period (no score between 25th and 55th minute, so 14 tries came in effect in 50 minutes of play).

The pace this side has this season will scare the life out of most on NL2 (or Championship 1 or Divsion 3, whatever takes your fancy) and should make for some great entertainment.

Whether the public of Blackpool and The Fylde will turn up in any number to support the remains to be seen. There's one thing for sure, 194 paying punters will not pay for that squad!!

We'll enjoy it whilst it lasts, the bubble will inevitably burst at some stage...Cool


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Just to add to the earlier posts, Sheffield v Halifax (GOD AWFUL GAME!) produced a Gay Mon, which as now gone up to £2.50!!! Absolutely ridiculous! The problem I have with this is that there's hardly a thing match specific. The only things specific are a comment from the home chairman and coach. Nothing from the away side which I find really poor.
London Skolars did a glossy A5 sized single sheet inside, that had the game details on. This was better than the Gay Mon on sale!



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Leyther_Matt
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If you're after programmes then get yourself to Leigh - think only ourselves and Widnes are producing our own programmes this year, and 'The Centurion' is a fantastic read if I do say so myself


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28 February 2010
Super League
Huddersfield 10 Warrington 14

Second visit to the Galpharm this year having seen Town v West Brom in the FA Cup back in January.

Train from Wolverhampton (via Manchester) then easy walk to the ground.

Admission £20 programme £3

Refreshments are an absolute rip-off here so avoided.

Very much a grinding out a result in this game. 10-10 at half time, Chris Hicks got the only points of the 2nd half for what was just about a deserved win.



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Sunday 28th February 2010
Co-Operative Championship
Halifax 32 Sheffield Eagles 26
With Leigh having played on the Thursday night, I took the opportunity to see who are alongside us in the pack of sides that have realistic top four ambitions this season (roughly eight out of eleven sides at the last count!) and, after a belter of a game at Leigh on Thursday, this was another cracker. Was torn between going to 'Fax, Huddersfield or Featherstone but certainly made the right choice with some excellent rugby on show on a gluepot of a pitch and a decent atmosphere.

Sunday 28th February 2010
World Club Challenge
Leeds Rhinos 10 Melbourne Storm 18
Went straight from the Shay to Elland Road by virtue of a couple of freebies from a mate. Having hated my two previous visits to Elland Road (England/GB being hammered by the Aussies on both occasions) this one was a lot better, almost completely due to the seats we had. Although wooden seats, we had two clear steps in front of us so none of the leg room issues that plagued my previous two visits, while the concourse was certainly much better than in the other stands I've been in - think it must be some sort of executive area ordinarily as it was a proper wooden bar complete with spirits on the back shelf and very helpful staff and stewards. Game not much to write home about, especially after witnessing such a good game earlier on, but Leeds certainly put up a good fight.


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Bargain of the week for 6/3/10 is the English National Lge. Ice Hockey fixture at Altrincham Ice Rink, between Trafford Metro's v Whitley Bay Warriors..............with Warriors pushing for the title. Face Off is at 5.15pm and thanks to a special promotion admission is just £5 BOGOF.............so 2 adults for a fiver, if you come on your own the alternative is a free single ticket for the next fixture v Coventry Blaze on Sat 20/3. Programmes are just £1.


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Bargain of the week for 6/3/10 is the English National Lge. Ice Hockey fixture at Altrincham Ice Rink, between Trafford Metro's v Whitley Bay Warriors..............with Warriors pushing for the title. Face Off is at 5.15pm and thanks to a special promotion admission is just £5 BOGOF.............so 2 adults for a fiver, if you come on your own the alternative is a free single ticket for the next fixture v Coventry Blaze on Sat 20/3. Programmes are just £1.


You've only told half the story there .... Mets need a win to help them escape the relegation play offs, which in turn could see them make the end of season top 6 playoffs....it's very, very tight in that division, just about every fixture has something riding on it.

As a Hawks fan I'd like to wish the Mets well this weekend, but...... Wink


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We're playing Trafford away tomorrow so that's very tempting!


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Horse Racing

Saturday 6th March
KELSO
Going- Soft(Heavy in places)
Attendance - approx 2000, exact figure to be confirmed
Admission - £17 for Members' Enclosure (incl £3 Racegoers' club discount)
Programme - £2
Refreshments - Scotch pie £1.80(from the Chicken hutch bar - excellent quality), Tea £1.20, Coffee £1.50

A decent meeting with some excellent quality racing. The bookies had a tough day with a succession of well fancied horses winning exciting finishes.

From a lofty vantage point it was clear that the course has taken a hammering these season. It was cut up in places, and the grass showed a yellow tinge which reflected the hard winter weather. A rise in temperature and some growing time is needed to give the Kelso turf a greener look.

1.55 Raysrock won the handicap chase fighting off four rivals from the last. Native coll ran a decent race in a close fifith and will be worth backing in a lesser class.
2.30 King O' The Gypsies won this novice hurdle, holding off Colour Clash in a ding-dong battle in the final furlong. Of the others Eurohunter ran a promising htird on hurdling debut and Chester Lad showed ability in fifth adn should improve.
3.00 Five runners here but basically a two horse race between two Cheltenham possibles, Bedlam Boy outstaying Silk Drum up the hill.
3.35 Sa Suffit, Scotland's top chaser, won this after grinding down front running Will Be Done from the last. He's trained by up and coming young Borders trainer James Ewart and you will hear more of this name as the years pass. Ewart is very approachable and spent his time during the races on the roof of the 'old stand' amongst the real enthusiasts. He reported that Sa Suffit 'destroyed the wagon again' which apparently is a good sign! The trainer's share of the £12524 prize money will presumably go towards refitting the inside of the horsebox. Meanwhile I don't suppose the trainer would be overly worried should Sa Suffit wreak similar havoc on the way to Aintree in April, where he is aimed at the three mile John Smith's Handicap Chase.
4.10 Bygones Of Brid has been a favourite of mine since I saw him storming up the Hexham hill to win in autumn 2008. This was a Grade 2 contest, one of the top novice races in the north, and he pulverised a decent field, sprinting clear from the last. He now goes to either Cheltenham, Aintree or Punchestown, dependent on the going coming up soft. On the top of the old stand the chap next to me had draped a horse blanket over the rail. As 'Bygones' stormed clear it became clear which horse he was connected with, and he made a swift exit to the winner's enclosure.
4.45 This was named The Man That Oo' Ca Bill Hunters' Chase, named in memory of the recently passed rugby commentator Bill McLaren. Various members of the McLaren clan were present at the presentation of an event which is 'racing in the raw' and something the Hawick born legend would have appreciated. Always Right, an imposing gelding, won well here from his only serious opponent Doc Row and might go on to trouble decent performers in the hunter chase field.
5.20 The progeny of Turtle Island revel in these muddy conditions and one of his sons, Turtle Spirit, stayed on best of the field to take a moderate handicap hurdle. A few clearly held the same opinion as me, as the horse was backed from 8/1 in to 4/1. A victory for the locals as Turtle Spirit is trained at Yetholm near Kelso by Susan Forster.


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Saturday 6th March
GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
LEICESTER TIGERS v LONDON IRISH 35-19
ATTENDANCE 23.314
ADMISSION £20 crumbie terrace.
PROGRAMME £3

Leicester Tigers saw off London Irish with 3 tries in the first 25 minutes in an entertaining game at welford road. Tuilagi opened the scoring following a good run from A.Allen. Lote Tuqiri playing his last game for leicester made a powerful break to feed S.Hamilton for tigers 2nd try and Martin Castrogiovanni intercepted a pass to score. Irish's only reply at this stage was a penalty on 16 minutes. T.Flood had also kicked 2 penalties for tigers. On 40 minutes Steffon Armitage went over for a irish try which was converted. Half Time 25-10. Ryan Lamb took over the kicking duties after Homer had missed 3 kicks and kicked a penalty on 51 minutes. A minute later Irish were reduced to 14 men Hala'ufia was sin bined for a late tackle on Castrogiovanni. J.Staunton on for flood kicked a penalty for tigers before lamb kicked 2 penalties on 64 and 67 minutes to put Irish just 9 points behind . Any hopes of an Irish fightback were over on 70 minutes when G.Chuter went over for Leicester's 4th try and bonus point following a good move from Allen. G.Murphy converted to give tigers a 35 -19 win and remain top of the table.


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Cardiff 30 Ayr 27

Rugby Union British & Irish Cup Group Phase
Sat 6 March 2.30 Venue: Cardiff Arms Park
Status: umpteenth revisit admit £10 prog £1.50
Attn c. 500

I decided to do this game when the fixtures came out in the early Autumn as I had previously missed this fixture ,and chances to see Scottish club rugby union ,without a 650 mile round trip, are rare indeed.There had been a tendency , in the years immediatley before RU's 'coming out' to embrace professionalism,for leading club sides to play friendly games on the Friday nights before a 5 Nations game.I had considered going to this fixture as a warm up to the Wales v Scotland 18 years ago, but couldn't afford two trips to Cardiff/ cba/ can't really remember why I didn't go. These fixtures abruptly stopped as professionalism bit and I assumed my chance of this fixture had gone forever.

We all lunched in the home brew pub opposite the main entrance to the Millenium stadium, and then walked up the ramp to see the new statue of Sir Tasker Watkins V.C..We thought it made him look a bit taller than in life,but was a good likeness.(He was only the height of my 13 year old daughter).Very strange really looking at a statue of someone you've met in real life.

Thence to the game, Ayr ,resplendent in pink and black hoops,took to the field with a piper and scored an early try as Cardiff struggled to find a rhythm and consistently overelaborated their passing game.Ayr looked faster on the break too,and in Frazier Climo had a more accurate kicker. Cardiff couldn't even capitalize on the sin binning of Sean Sutherland and I thought their chances of progressing in this competition were ebbing away.But,somehow, despite two quick Ayr tries early in the second half, Cardiff got back to parity at 27 all, and grabbed a win with a penalty in the last five minutes.Just about deserved it by virtue of the higher try count.

Good to get closure on the fixture,there's just one other one I didn't go to, that I have regretted since,so could we please have a rerun of....Ebbw Vale vs Real Madrid?



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Horse Racing

Saturday 6th March
KELSO
Going- Soft(Heavy in places)
Attendance - approx 2000, exact figure to be confirmed



Attendance was actually 3,758, which tells me it's a good deal harder to count attendances on the racecourse than football grounds. Decent attendance by Kelso standards.

Rob


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Just in case anyone is interested the BUCS Rugby League Finals are being staged in Leeds tomorrow 11 March.

At West Park, Bramhope RUFC, The Sycamores which is off the Leeds to Otley road A660.
1 PM Hull 1st v Leeds Met Carnegie 2nds in Trophy
2.30 PM Leeds 1st v Edinburgh Napier 1st in Shield

Then the Championship Final Leeds Met Carnegie v Loughborough 7PM at Headingley Stadium.


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Sun Mar 7th
Super League

Hull Kingston Rovers 28 St. Helens 24
Att: 8,202

Entry £18
Prog £3


Craven Park was rocking for this one, packed terraces, the advantage swinging one way to the other. 10 tries and the result clinched with a converted try 3 minutes from the end.

As a convert to the game, having been brought up watching and playing Union, this was a pleasant change to the tedious 15 a side game.

3 sides of the ground were open, a pity that the 4th, uncovered terrace wasn't as the 3 parts that were were full. I paid £18 to stand in "the Well", the shallow terrace (about 8 steps deep) in front of the Millward stand. Not too bad far me, I'm almost 6 feet tall, but for anyone shorter finding a good vantage point may have been a problem. This could have been alleviated had they opened the other terrace.

If anyone is thinking of going, then get to the ground early or get your tickets in advance. I wouldn't recommend queueing up at the ticket office, as the ticket office/ticket collection point/club shop all seems to be in one, with incredibly slow movement and queues out into the car park. Luckily for me they did have cash turnstiles open, something a local had told me they do not always do.


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Thursday March 11th
Hill Walking
Arthur's Seat
Height 251m (823 ft)

up time - 40 minutes
down time - 15 minutes

A bit of time to spare having been made redundant and I promised myself I'd climb up Arthur's Seat (oo er missus!) while I had time on my hands. I recently secured a job and dropped into the agency to complete some formalities before heading down to Holyrood Park to start the walk up the hill overlooking Edinburgh.

I went by the red route which is a medium difficulty climb, generally up tracks along the ridge but with a bit of scrambling over rocks on the last bit. I probably did the climb a bit quicker than I should have done, forgetting that I'm an unfit 49-year-old! Very windy at the top, stopped to take a few photos before dropping to a more sheltered spot to pause for a sandwich.

I took a more direct route down the side of the crags, not the way I would want to have travelled up, but a convenient quick way down.

First hill I can specifically remember having a go at climbing since Roseberry Topping when I was 11-years-old!


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February 7th 2010

Australia V West Indies ODI - Melbourne Cricket Ground

First of five one day internationls and the first of five beating for the west Indies

A crowd of 26,000 that was all but lost in the awesome MCG

The worst crowd for a one day international in the MCG, two nights before they had had 65,000 for a twenty20 international against Pakistan.

It was a great day out for me and an ambition fulfilled to see cricket in the MCG



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Just in case anyone is interested the BUCS Rugby League Finals are being staged in Leeds tomorrow 11 March.

At West Park, Bramhope RUFC, The Sycamores which is off the Leeds to Otley road A660.
1 PM Hull 1st v Leeds Met Carnegie 2nds in Trophy
2.30 PM Leeds 1st v Edinburgh Napier 1st in Shield

Then the Championship Final Leeds Met Carnegie v Loughborough 7PM at Headingley Stadium.

Went to the games at West Park.
Hull v Leeds Met Carnegie 22-40 played on the main pitch.
Leeds v Edinburgh Napier 22-6 was played on the adjacent barriered pitch presumably to save wear and tear.

Leeds Met Carnegie won the game at Headingley 42-14 to give Leeds a clean sweep of the trophies.


Leyther_Matt
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3 sides of the ground were open, a pity that the 4th, uncovered terrace wasn't as the 3 parts that were were full. I paid £18 to stand in "the Well", the shallow terrace (about 8 steps deep) in front of the Millward stand. Not too bad far me, I'm almost 6 feet tall, but for anyone shorter finding a good vantage point may have been a problem. This could have been alleviated had they opened the other terrace.

The next time you visit, spend 20 second stood at the Rotterdam End and you'll quickly realise why nobody goes there!

I was at Keighley-Leigh yesterday, a ground well covered from the Silsden angle elsewhere on here, but still a proper old school ground and a good day out.


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3 sides of the ground were open, a pity that the 4th, uncovered terrace wasn't as the 3 parts that were were full. I paid £18 to stand in "the Well", the shallow terrace (about 8 steps deep) in front of the Millward stand. Not too bad far me, I'm almost 6 feet tall, but for anyone shorter finding a good vantage point may have been a problem. This could have been alleviated had they opened the other terrace.

The next time you visit, spend 20 second stood at the Rotterdam End and you'll quickly realise why nobody goes there!


No, you've got me there. What is wrong with it?

Pre-match a helpful steward allowed me onto the open terrace to take some photos. I would have preferred to be able to watch the game from there. absolutely nothing wrong with the terracing at that end, assume it will be in use for the "derby" fixture?


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Friday 19th March

Super League
Crusaders RL 14 Catalans Dragons 6 (at Wrexham FC)
Seat £15 advance, Programme £3 (less distinctive cover than last year, but better content. Produced by a Penzance publisher whose string of other publications include Wigan Athletic, Bath RFC and Wakefield RL), Coffee £1.70
Att 6,124

First off, a warning about the ticketing. While it's worth getting a ticket at the advance price once you're definitely going, mine wasn't posted until two days before the match despite being booked online in the early hours of the previous Friday. Prices seem to increase by £5 across the board from the next game at Wrexham, which is not for another five weeks as the only intervening home game is at Neath (Maundy Thursday v Quins, £8 terrace advance, £10 on night). It will be interesting to see how attendance levels survive the gap and the price rise, although improving weather could have a positive influence. No obvious suggestion of mass freebies or school parties etc in tonights crowd though - I think the levels of genuine interest here so far may have taken most people by surprise.

I positioned myself in the Upper Tier of the Yale (older) Stand. This gave a good view but a very uncomfortable seat. I knew I had to shuffle around a bit every time my arms started to go numb! I quite like Wrexham as a ground though. The mix of modernised and original is similar to the current state of my old pre-hopping haunt at Exeter City.

The match never really took off. Neither side ever really made much ground on five tackles, and handling mistakes were the most effective source of making territorial gains. A key result though for the home side which puts them around the dotted line at eighth place and ensures its the French that remain in the spotlight as struggling this year.


PS. I had similar experiences to Garrincha's dog when I visited Hull KR three years ago. The website had been no help with buying a ticket, and I also baulked at the ticket queue which snaked into the congested club shop. On that occasion there was cash admission to the open end. The view wasn't great, and hardly anyone else went in there despite the rest of the ground being pretty full. I suspect though that it was the state of the toilets (big hole in portakabin floor) and catering (there was none) that subsequently put paid to that section opening.


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Leyther_Matt
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3 sides of the ground were open, a pity that the 4th, uncovered terrace wasn't as the 3 parts that were were full. I paid £18 to stand in "the Well", the shallow terrace (about 8 steps deep) in front of the Millward stand. Not too bad far me, I'm almost 6 feet tall, but for anyone shorter finding a good vantage point may have been a problem. This could have been alleviated had they opened the other terrace.

The next time you visit, spend 20 second stood at the Rotterdam End and you'll quickly realise why nobody goes there!


No, you've got me there. What is wrong with it?

Pre-match a helpful steward allowed me onto the open terrace to take some photos. I would have preferred to be able to watch the game from there. absolutely nothing wrong with the terracing at that end, assume it will be in use for the "derby" fixture?

Well, by my reckoning, you must be at least 15-20 yards away from the deadball line at that end and, with it only being a few steps high, I'd imagine seeing the other end is nigh on impossible.

Not sure if it's still the case, but in the past couple of years 12 of HKR's 13 home games have been a 'special offer' for that end of £10 admission and £5 for concessions....the only game that doesn't apply for is of course Hull FC, at which point the admission changes to the £20 that they charge for the temporary stand opposite!

Not been since the temp stand was opened and I'm sure that has improved the place, but bar one occasion where Leigh tonked Rovers and the locals were streaming out with 25 minutes left, I can't say that I've ever had a particularly enjoyable visit.


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Saturday 20th March

3pm National League Two North
Huddersfield 15 Caldy 36
Admission with programme £6, Pie, chips and mountain of mushy peas £2.80
Attendance 150-200

While standing in the rain watching Leeds United U-18s I decided to change my afternoon destination, which was Thackley v Scarborough Athletic, and go back to the original Plan A. I wasn't sure I wanted to huddle under cover all afternoon with the Scarborough hordes. Atmosphere is all very well, but you don't necessarily want to stand right next to it all the time! The only reservation on Hudd RU was that it left further to cover to my third game. This calculation would have been aided if I had remembered that this weekend's Leeds/Millwall clash is not until Monday, and that my routeplan to avoid Elland Road by using the Bradford ring road to get to Headingley was entirely pointless! All good fun though.

Huddersfield RUFC have only been at this site since 1997, buying a former brewery estate after selling their old ground, and have developed a superb facility, which feels much more established than the date implies, in a stunning location in Lockwood just to the south-west out of the town centre. The extensive grounds stretch along a narrow sliver of flat ground between two steep-sided hills, and the main ground is framed by the towering railway viaduct which diagonally bisects the site at the end opposite the clubhouse. A glance at the picture on the front page of http://www.huddersfieldrugby.com/index.htm gives some indication, but can't show the steepness of the flanking hillsides. There is a decent 500-seat stand and superb clubhouse, and the quality of the programme and catering all add to an excellent tick, at a lovely club.

This was the second time in a fortnight I have seen third-placed Caldy and, like on the other occasion at Hull Ionians, they took over in the second half after not having their way at the start. Ionians had led them, and today's half-time score was 8-all after a fascinating opening forty minutes. The Wirral men had scored four tries by the hour though, and while the match could have petered out from 8-36 at that stage, the last twenty saw the most open rugby as both sides flung it around hell-for-leather in a match which had a bit of everything. The home side slipped back into the relegation places after this defeat - another reason to be pleased to have seen them at this level.

6pm English Basketball League Mens Division One
Leeds Carnegie 83 Derby Trailblazers 70
No admission charged, Free colour teamsheet
Attendance 350-400 (may have been more than I realised upstairs though)

Carnegie play most of their games on Saturday afternoons so, with a view to finishing this division, I had long been targetting one of the two or three which have had later starts, resulting in this opportunity to see a clash between the top two in the league three games from the end of the season. This win means Carnegie replace Derby at the top, although Bristol and Manchester are also within two points (ie. one win) of that spot. Derby ran up a ten-point lead early on and by the time they had extended this to fifteen approaching the end of the second I couldn't see past them for the win. It fell apart for them from that point though, with a run of nine Leeds points reducing the arrears to six at the break. Carnegie outscored their guests by around two to one in the third quarter and were untroubled from there in an extraordinary switch of dominance.

Overall the experience was more impressive than University based set-ups tend to be. The crowd was impressive and noisy, and the venue makes up for limited floor level accommodation with a full deck of seating stretching back from the upstairs balcony. The teamsheet, or 'Game Day Card' as its called, was as attractive as most small programmes and keeps up a high strike-rate for getting issues in this sport. Only London Mets have failed to produce in this division (Leicester Warriors and Sheffield Arrows still to do), although London United were also lacking when I went there in their brief spell in the BBL. I've been pleasantly surprised how often clubs in Divs 2,3 and 4 have issued, with my only miss again being in North London, at Edmonton Storm.


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Sunday 21st March

National League Two
Wharfedale 28 Blaydon 22
Admission inc excellent programme £8, Mug of filter coffee £1, Pie, peas and gravy £3.50, Large 99 of 'Yorkshire Dales' ice cream £2.30
Attendance 600-plus I should think

My high expectations on coming here were easily met. What a fantastic place.

Before and after the match I drove the length of the dale and now think this must be the most beautiful stretch of the country, certainly of England. To have a national division club in a major sport situated here is magical. A great club they are too. Wharfedale (and Blaydon come to that) are the sort of club that the league system should be all about, with a gradual development of team and facilities on a sustainable budget without one main sponsor. The stand is quite small, but there is terracing down the opposite side with cover for the middle section, and it's details like the dry-stone wall that encloses the far end, as well as the views and sense of being an appreciated local asset that give the place its unbeatable charm.

Great match too. Both teams are about as high or higher than they've ever finished in this league (5th v 7th), and both play expansive rugby. It was Blaydon's fast handling that let them down in the first half though as the home side's 25-3 lead at the break was off the back of successive tries run in from halfway following sharp interception work. Blaydon dominated the second period though, eventually pulling back to within a score in injury time, and still having time to threaten a clincher.


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Monday 8th March 2010

Monmore Green Dogs

Admission: £0

Racecard: £2


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Saturday 20th March 2010

Uttoxeter Racecourse

Admission: £27

Racecard: £3

Highlight of the card was the John Smiths Midlands Grand National. Won by Sychronised and Tony McCoy at 8/1.

Record breaking attendance figures at Uttoxeter for this meeting


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Thursday March 11th
Hill Walking
Arthur's Seat
Height 251m (823 ft)



I climbed Arthur's Seat at the beginning of February. The whole climb was covered in ice with a topping of a couple of inches of snow near the top - easy it wasn't.

It was quite bizarre being in subarctic conditions in the middle of a city where no snow was lying. Views of 4 major stadia from the top.

I've attached 3 pics - 1 of the approach to the top and 2 of the two SPL grounds taken from the top.


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Wednesday 24th March

Local tennis presentations dishing out the club prizes with Judy Murray who is over with son Jamie at the Challenger event on here this week.


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Rugby League Championship
Halifax 10 Leigh Centurions 48
Attendance 3,050-summat

Awesome performance, nowt else to be said. Fantastic atmosphere. Beyond my wildest dreams, to be honest.


Quite like the pictures from Arthur's Seat further up, by the way. My own love affair with Hibernian FC came from walking up the smaller Carlton Hill and seeing Easter Road as a sadly impressionable 7 year old!


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Saturday 20th March

3pm National League Two North
Huddersfield 15 Caldy 36
Admission with programme £6, Pie, chips and mountain of mushy peas £2.80
Attendance 150-200

While standing in the rain watching Leeds United U-18s I decided to change my afternoon destination, which was Thackley v Scarborough Athletic, and go back to the original Plan A. I wasn't sure I wanted to huddle under cover all afternoon with the Scarborough hordes. Atmosphere is all very well, but you don't necessarily want to stand right next to it all the time! The only reservation on Hudd RU was that it left further to cover to my third game. This calculation would have been aided if I had remembered that this weekend's Leeds/Millwall clash is not until Monday, and that my routeplan to avoid Elland Road by using the Bradford ring road to get to Headingley was entirely pointless! All good fun though.

Huddersfield RUFC have only been at this site since 1997, buying a former brewery estate after selling their old ground, and have developed a superb facility, which feels much more established than the date implies, in a stunning location in Lockwood just to the south-west out of the town centre. The extensive grounds stretch along a narrow sliver of flat ground between two steep-sided hills, and the main ground is framed by the towering railway viaduct which diagonally bisects the site at the end opposite the clubhouse. A glance at the picture on the front page of http://www.huddersfieldrugby.com/index.htm gives some indication, but can't show the steepness of the flanking hillsides. There is a decent 500-seat stand and superb clubhouse, and the quality of the programme and catering all add to an excellent tick, at a lovely club.


The same venue is also used by Huddersfield Rams Aussie Rules team - season starts May 8. I have to walk up one of those hills to get back home!

I am off to the Rugby Union Premiership relegation 8 pointer between Sale and Worcester tomorrow evening after (pitch inspection permitting) Marine v FC United.



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29/11 Drochtersen/Assel v Altona


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Friday 2nd April
Rugby Union Premiership:
Sale 17-3 Worcester @ Edgeley Park, Stockport
Good but expensive Steak & Ale pie (£3.60)

A swift beer in Liverpool after the Marine v FC United game and we were on our way back to Manchester, and with a quick change at Piccadilly we were in Stockport with time for a pre-match pint too.

A real relegation battle here as Newcastle's win on Wednesday moved them away from the drop zone leaving Sale, Leeds 2 points ahead of Worcester. With only 4 to go after this, it would be key in both team's survival chances.

Perhaps surprisingly, both teams seemed keen to get the ball out to the backs. The ball was quicker than usual out of the breakdown on both sidesso game was surprisingly expansive. All too often, Worcester ignored any overlap they had though and ploughed into Sale tackles. The boot was also important in the first half, with Worcester missing 3 kicks to Charlie Hodgson's one, but Charlie also slotting over 2 drop goals to give Sale a 9-0 lead.

The 2nd half saw Worcester come and add 3 points of their own, which made the home fans sweat. However Sale were able to put a try on the board in the corner and another kick to lead 17-3. With 5 minutes to go, Worcester got the ball over the line but was it held up? Went to video replay, which we were not privy to in the ground. Most of the crowd thought it was a try, but the ref could not be sure. The resulting 5 metre scrum saw Sale drive Worcester back and kick away to safety. And that was the final score - advantage Sale.



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29/11 Drochtersen/Assel v Altona


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FRIDAY 9th APRIL
LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DAY 1
LEICESTERSHIRE 303-5 v NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
ADMISSION - FREE (WITH MY LIFE MEMBERS CARD.)
SCORECARD 50p

Northamptonshire won the toss and put leicestershire in to bat and it seem to pay off when leicester lost 2 wickets for 25 runs. The rest of the day belonged to leicestershire with 3 good partnerships. 83 by M.Boyce and J.Taylor for the 3rd wicket, 65 by J.Taylor and J.Cobb for the 4th and an unbroken 105 by T.New and W.White for the 6th wicket helped leicestershire to 303-5 .James Taylor made 88 and there was half centuries from Tom New 59 not out and W.White 52 not out. Brooks and Daggett both took 2 wickets each. It was the biggest crowd i have seen at leicester for a county championship match for a long while.


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Spent the week running the Jersey Junior Indoor Tennis Champs - glorious weather all week so might as well have been outside.

Number of good juniors from UK, Jersey, Guernsey ranked in GB top 20's

Will sleep well tonight.


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11th April - Southwell races

Admission £20 (premier enclosure), kids free, racecard £2.50, hot beef roll £4.20, winners - zilch

There was a 2 for 1 offer in the local Chad newspaper for this meeting so I paid the extra and went in the premier enclosure to avoid the screaming kiddies and actually be able to get served at a bar and use a toilet. Good days racing put my pin was not working today, 3 fallers in a day!



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Hull KR 36 Warrington 16
Adm £18 Prog £3

First visit to Craven Park. I only went because someone talked me into it in the pub on Sat night but I did enjoy myself and will be back, when there's nothing better to do.



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Sat 10th April: Grand National at Aintree

Tkts: £40 Racecard: £5 Att: 70,000 h/c Tongue

First ever attendance at a horse racing meeting so thought we'd have a go at the institution that is the Grand National. To be honest I'm not sure that we enjoyed it as much as I'd hoped really. Overpriced tickets for a poor view from the Tattersalls Enclosure didn't help nor did the amount of local scallies who we're only there for the 'pop' paying no attention to the racing nor anyone else's wellbeing Frown That said perhaps we we're being naive to expect otherwise and maybe a more local trip to Bath or Wincanton may give us a different impression of the 'sport of kings!' I've no regrets in going mind you as it was certainly an experience if only to realise how quickly your wallet can get much lighter Tongue I'm not normally a gambler and it amazes me how much people can find to bet even in supposed difficult times. Madam was impressed that she can now say we saw Peter Kay live even if it was only to present AP McCoy with the winners trophy! Wink Never say never but I think we both enjoyed the footy at Man.City (5-1) more the following day so that remains number one in our hit parade! One more done from the bucket list............

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Get yourself to a proper day's racing, maybe a midweek meeting. I did the Grand National once and would never do it again. Cheltenham's worth a visit especially for one of their smaller meetings.



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Get yourself to a proper day's racing, maybe a midweek meeting. I did the Grand National once and would never do it again. Cheltenham's worth a visit especially for one of their smaller meetings.



Would that be Shetland ponies racing then ?


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Sunday 10th April

Attended a wedding of the son of family friends at St Leonard's Church in Dunfermline. Eight page programme issued free! Attendance - 180 (h/c)

Sunday 11th April

Horse Racing

Kelso

Admission - Members Enclosure £18 booked in advance instead of £20, though you pay £1.50 'booking fee' which is the pain when there's only two of you!
Programme- £2, full colour and a few articles to add to the basic information
Attendance - 4,076
Food - various outlets provide decent food. Pies are amongst the best I've tasted at a sporting venue.
Viewing spots - best on the roof of the Old Stand or on the balcony below though you end up looking right down on the finish. Great view across the course, comparable with the best in British racing.

Ladies' Day saw various attractions for the distaff side, but these were sufficiently 'out of the way' not to hinder those of us concerned the real business of the afternoon. Middling standard racing but competitive all the way through the card.

Pyranantha won the opening novice hurdle but QUACITY stayed on for third and might be the one for the future.

A right old ding-dong in the second race between pacemaker Carrietau and Bob's Dream. The game performer Carrietau looked to have got back up after being headed but Bob's Dream won it on the nod. Both can win again when carrying top weight against inferiors.

Soft Spoken Guy was impressive in the staying novice hurdle, seeing off progressive Caerlaverock with the rest well beaten.

Veteran Rambling Minster, off form this season, returned to his best in the staying handicap chase though was beaten in a battle to the line by Reel Charmer. MINOUCHKA showed better than he has for some time in third place.

An enterprising irde from Richie McGrath saw him 'steal' the novice handicap hurdle on Stopped Out. He kicked on going down the far side ofr the final time and the field didn't get to him. Top It all improved on previous hurdle form, but the third and fourth, Solis and Patriot are exposed as moderate.

There was another close fought finish in the hunters' chase, Silver Sedge stepping down from handicaps to hold gallant veteran Anshan Spirit in a tussle on the long run from the last fence.

The National Hunt Flat races at Kelso are always a decent source of horses to follow. Storm Brig was impressive in galloping clear of consistent Sunnyside. The one that caughy my eye here was FREDDIE BROWN. George Charlton's gelding is an impressive deep chested jumping sort who will be seen to much better advantage in time when he goes over fences. Just remember the name for the future. He galloped on at one pace for fourth on this occasion, but flat races are not likely to show him at his best.

Before the main event there were a couple of pony races(specially for buncranaboy?). The winning rider of the second was Henry Morshead son of Sam Morshead, manager of Perth racecourse and former jockey, and Anthea Morhead, Clerk of the course at Kelso, Perth, Musselburgh and Cartmel as well as a talented jockey who won over the Aintree fences on JJ Henry. Their 12-year-old son looks a chip off the old block and it would be no surprise if he wins races in senior races in a few years time.


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Friday 16th April
Magners League
Glasgow Warriors 25 Ulster 18
Admission £20 on night (£15 advance), Free 4-page full colour glossy teamsheet

Only the Jackie Husband stand opens for domestic games, and was healthily full tonight (official attendance not seen yet), but such an arrangement leaves everyone looking into the setting sun and across an otherwise empty ground.

The match failed to take shape in a disjointed first half, but opened up later on, with four Dan Parks drop goals being crucial in the win that keeps the home side in top four play-off contention and leaves Ulster at some risk of being caught by Connacht for a Heineken cup place.

A word on the programme - this is a change of policy from last season when I went to Edinburgh. Last year programmes were only issued for European games, with the Magners League covered by a £5 handbook for the season which included fill-in teamsheets for each game. Glasgow and Edinburgh are both effectively run by the SRU, so programme policy is highly likely to be the same at both.


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Friday 16th April
Carnegie Challenge Cup
Swinton Lions 4 Halifax 56

Was at a bit of a loose end with my planned weekend in France being ruined by volcanic ash, and took advantage of an offer by Swinton that saw admission cost £10 for any season ticket holders from any other RL club.

Competitive first half but 'Fax ran away with it in the second.

Never a great atmosphere at Sedgeley because of the lack of any banked terracing, but I do always enjoy watching the game from the balcony outside the clubhouse with one or five beers (couple of Thwaites ales on cask went down well).


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Friday 16th April

Coventry Bees 42-48 Belle Vue Aces

Elite League Speedway, admission £16, programme £2.50

Good meeting with plenty of rider changes due to injury and riders being displaced due to the grounding of flights. Coventry have now lost every meeting this season, Chris Harris their "No 1" needs to improve.

Good stadium but the PA system was awful!



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Saturday 24th April
Selkirk v Currie
K.O. 7.45 (due to sevens earlier in day)

Wednesday 28th April
Border League Final
Melrose v Selkirk
K.O. 6.30

Friday 30th April
Gala v Aberdeen
K.O. 6.30

All these will be inbetween watching the football!



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Thursday 22 April

Southwick Brewhouse
Southwick
Hants

Admission: Wednesday-Saturday 10-5pm
Programme: Leaflets readily available.

Admission: 2 and the gateman

After getting fed up with the usual beers available from all supermarkets, when doing my big shop earlier this week, thought sod it I'm going back up the hill and getting some from a wider range.

Ok its slightly more expensive than Tesco/Asda etc but 8 bottles (including 2 bottles of Orval) came to £22 which is reasonable. I got given a money off voucher for my next visitSmile.

The upstairs is a small museum of the original brewery. Next door is the Golden Lion pub which had 4 beers and a cider on handpump. This pub was apparently where Eisenhower/Monty/Churchill did most of the important planning for the D-Day invasion when they were staying at the nearby Southwick House.

Southwick Village itself is a step back in time. It is still owned by a squire, all the front doors must be painted the same colour (dark red), the church still has a stone font and the nearby Southwick priory ruins are where Henry IV married Margaret of Anjou in 1445.

Back to the Brewhouse, there are over 200 different beers and ciders on sale and for any real ale afficionados visiting the Portsmouth/South Hants area this place is a must

For more info visit: http://www.southwickbrewhouse.co.uk/



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Thurs 22nd Swindon Robins 57 Belle Vue Aces 38

Elite Lge Speedway Adm £16 Prog £2.50 Att: h/c 1,400

Not the best meeting due to that pesky volcano! Mad Anderson & Karlsson stuck at other Euro airports so the Aces otherwise would've come much closer. Crowd down on last time so evidently they knew who wouldn't be arriving on time but I didn't, che sera Crazy

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It's baseball time!

Tampa Yankees 4-0 Lakeland Flying Tigers
Thursday 8 April
Florida State League (High A)
Attendance: 1,055

Just across the road from the imposing Tampa Bay American football stadium is George Steinbrenner Field, the NY Yankees' spring training base and home to the Florida State League Tampa Yankees.

Like almost all ballparks in this league, the facility is large (too large to be honest, think Newcastle Blue Star), modern and comfortable, with easy parking. However, the games are poorly attended and there couldn't have been more than 250 in the park. The announced attendances in minor league baseball are straight out of the Hellenic League handbook, often 2 or 3 times higher than the numbers actually present. Presumably, season tickets are sold relatively cheaply and the quoted figures include non-attendees.

Admission was only 6 dollars, parking was free, promotional magnetic schedules were given away free and we had great seats, right behind the home dugout. A glossy 72 page programme (issued twice a year) was on sale for a dollar or 2, with a separate photocopied roster/lineup available free.

Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 New York Yankees
Friday 9 April
Attendance: 33,221

A welcome chance to see the Major League Yankees for the first time and, even better, cheer them to defeat.

The Rays play at an indoor stadium in St Petersburg. It hosts other events and I'm pretty sure it was designed with the intention of attracting Major League baseball to Tampa Bay, so it succeeded, but an indoor multi-purpose park is an indoor multi-purpose park and they are looking to build an outdoor baseball-only facility in the near future.

The stadium design was interesting, with the roof resembling a circus tent that is cleverly supported from the sidewalls and which rises to its highest point behind home plate. And with the Yankees in town, there was good-natured banter between the fans and a surprisingly decent variety of concession stands open for the evening in the spacious concourse.

Admission was 20 dollars for a top tier seat directly behind home plate, which I thought was excellent value. Most Americans prefer to watch from the lowest tier, so at most Major League parks it's usually possible to pick up seats that IMO offer great views but which cost less than half the price. Incredibly, the programme suggests that you could get tickets for this section for only 8 dollars for games against less attractive opposition. A free 64 page programme (covering 15 home games over a 5 week period) was readily available, though it took me a while to hunt out the free photocopied roster sheet (which is usually the only game-specific content available).

Official and unofficial parking seemed plentiful (about 20 dollars I think) although I did later read about a scam whereby guys cover parking restriction signs, take your money, disappear, and then the car owners return after the game to find their car has been towed away. We didn't stay for the post-game fireworks (in an indoor stadium!) and the first 10,000 fans received a free Rays t-shirt courtesy of the St Petersburg Times - unfortunately we didn't arrive early enough as we were held up in traffic in downtown Tampa, although the wife did get a free bag in another giveaway outside the park.

Quite a few fans around us turned up with cowbells - 10,000 of these had been given away by fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A the previous night!

Brevard County Manatees 2-3 Lakeland Flying Tigers
Tuesday 13 April
Florida State League (High A)
Attendance: 982

After a day at Kennedy Space Centre, we headed south to the planned community (newtown to me and you) of Viera. The Manatees have been around for 15 years and I got the impression that the ballpark must have been one of the drivers for economic development in the area - you sometimes find this in the minor leagues.

It's a pleasant park, with the 8,000 capacity hardly tested as attendances seem to have dropped noticeably since the early years of the park - another feature of the minors. Admission was 7 dollars, with Kraft offering a 2-for-1 ticket promotion if you turned up with a Kraft Singles wrapper. I must admit, I had assumed something entirely different when I read it was Kraft Singles night!

Parking was free, although I went in the wrong entrance and ended up parking on a grassy area next to a practice field. And there was another free programme (36 pages, issued monthly), with the programme girl also distributing free photocopied rosters. The front cover contained an advert for a local bar that sells 500 beers, with 40 on tap!

At all baseball games, balls hit into the stands can be retained by spectators and my daughter decided she wanted one. After 4 innings with no foul balls even remotely near us I announced that we should move towards first base. We hadn't even sat down in our new seats when a foul ball was coming towards us at roughly 100 mph. I heard a gasp of concern from elsewhere in the park as I attempted to catch it (so close!), but my daughter quickly picked up my fumbled effort from the floor while I pretended that my hands weren't really sore when stadium staff checked on my wellbeing. I've yet to see anyone seriously injured by a stray ball - somewhat surprising when you consider the speed at which they come towards you and a spectator preference for holding a beer in one hand, peanuts in the other and balancing nachos on your lap.

Daytona Cubs 9-6 Tampa Yankees
Thursday 22 April
Florida State League (High A)
Attendance: 3,047

And finally, my favourite ballpark of this trip. Daytona are the FSL's best-supported team and also play in what must be the most traditional ballpark in the league.

Jackie Robinson Ballpark is located in downtown Daytona, very close to the beach and is named after the player who, if I recall, was the first black player in the 'modern' Major Leagues back in the 1940s when he turned out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. With so many bland spring training facilities available in Florida it's something of a surprise that any team would want to play in a park that's a bit ramshackle, so full credit to the Chicago Cubs for sticking with it.

There's an old wooden grandstand between home plate and first base - most of the oldies sat here. The seats are comfortable but you have to view the game through the rope netting that protects fans from foul balls. Between home and third base was a larger section of less comfortable bleecher-type seating that was home to a younger audience. With the changing rooms beyond third base, a picnic area and open-air bar beyond first base, and palm trees on the other side of the outfield, the park offers an eclectic mix of styles and is all the better for it. The outfield was also home to my favourite advertising hoarding - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

Admission was 7 dollars, parking was in less supply than at other parks but was free and we had no trouble finding a spot, there was another free programme (April edition - 44 pages, with a free photocopied roster available), and the concession stands had a pretty good variety of food. Best of all, this evening's promotion was Thirsty Thursday, with beer available at 1 dollar (12 oz) and 3 dollars (32 oz) throughout the evening - there was a decent choice as well, with maybe 20 beers on tap. I'm not sure if it was due to the promotion, but the actual attendance was probably closer to the announced figure and there was certainly a more vociferous atmosphere at this game. At the previous evening's game there was a tribute to a fan named Joe who was attending his 1000th game in a row - I trust he celebrated game 1001 with a few beers.


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Uttoxeter Racecourse

Admission: £27

Racecard: £3

Highlight of the card was the John Smiths Midlands Grand National. Won by Sychronised and Tony McCoy at 8/1.

Record breaking attendance figures at Uttoxeter for this meeting


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Rugby Union

Scunthorpe 40 Burton 23
RFU Level 6 Champions Cup
Adm £4 Prog £1 Att 250ish

I was going to FC05 v Kiveton Park but got dragged along to Heslam Park for my first vist there for rugby (played cricket there a few years ago). The winners now play Lymm on Sat and the winners of that play at Twickenham on May 8th.

Scunny came from behind to win an exciting encounter. Well worth the money, even if I found out that I haven't kept up with all the rule changes.



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Rugby League
Dewsbury Rams 14 Leigh Centurions 30
Co-Operative Championship
Admission £10 (pre-purchase; £13 on the gate)
Attendance 1,100ish

We are top of the league, say we are top of the league! Loud and clear to the nation. Not a great performance from Leyth but a win all the same at something of a bogey ground for us. Ground situation was a bit of a shambles with the Sky temporary studio meaning that anything higher than the first few rows had an obstructed view, with the centre section off limits, but it certainly helped the atmosphere to have everyone crammed in together.

Another enjoyable night.


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Saturday 1 May 2010

Super League
Bradford 0 Celtic Crusaders 19
Harlequins 25 Hull 8
Salford 16 Warrington 68

all at the Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

First game short on excitement but technically fascinating - nice to see last year's bottom team nil someone.

Quins followed up the comeback at Wigan last week with a thoroughly deserved win over Hull.

Highlight of the day an awesome Wire performance against a very poor Salford side. Twelve tries and three different goal kickers notched up points. And Warrington go top although Wigan will go back if they avoid defeat this afternoon.

Three games more than enough for one day so once that was done it was back to my hotel in Carlisle.



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SPEEDWAY: Saturday 1st May 2010 Kings Lynn 39 Mildenhall 53 - - National Conference - My first visit to The Norfolk Arena Home of Kings Lynn Stars and I must admit I was disappointed. There is a 5 Foot Safety Barrier around the track alongside a 10 foot Chain link fence which makes viewing very poor. Even up on the banking it did not give a good view which left the open stand as the only decent viewpoint, for this you get to pay an extra £1 (Not levied for Conference matches). The problem with this is the wind blows straight across and you have to wrap up well, Also you have to sit sideways as the leg room is very poor. As for the match Mildenhall opened with a 4-2 but Kings Lynn replied with two 5-1 to take a 12-6 lead.Bad crash in heat 3 saw Lowe (Kings Lynn) and Bates (Mildenhall) take no further part in the meeting. A 3-3 in Heat 4 followed by Two 5-1 to Mildenhall saw the Fenmen edge back in front. Mildenhall then scored 3 consecutive 4-2 to take control. A 3-3 was followed by another 5-1 to the visitors. Kings Lynn edged back with a 5-3 when using a Tactical Substitute then Two 3-3 was followed by another 5-1 to Mildenhall in the final heat to make it a comfortable 53-39 victory to the visitors. Another track ticked off but I won`t be rushing back for a revisit. Crazy



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Gloucestershire Warriors 26 Bristol Sonics 39

Rugby League Conference,Midlands Premier
Sat 1 May attn 55 admit free ,prog £2

GW's first game at their new home, Sandyleaze 'borrowed' from Old Richians RU.Ground wise I think its a step down from Chosen Hill, but it is in Gloucester itself.Pitch undulates, is a long trudge from the clubhouse and is only railed off at the sides.

New venue tripped up a few though, 'Spaceman' arrived fifteen minutes late, on a push bike with the excuse that he'd got lost at the back of the Wall's ice-cream factory, but this paled into insignificance when 'The Other Phil' trailed in during the first five minutes of the second half having gone to the previous ground.

Sonics will have to up their game for Saturday's game v Cov,but should have 5 or 6 first choices back and 'The Other Phil' will know where the venue is!



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Wednesday 5th May
Huntingdon Races.
Admission £ 13.50 (Booked in advance)
Racecard £ 2.50

A first visit to huntingdon race course and i was very impressed with the set up. Views of the racecourse are good and there are plenty of food and drink outlets. My 8th racecourse tick.


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Bristol Sonics 14 Coventry Bears 36

Rugby League Conference, Midlands Premier
Sat 8 May attn 21 admit free prog £1

Sonics only got a couple of their first choice players back, and struggled badly in the first half against a big Coventry unit, who are favourites to win this division. Second half though, Sonics regrouped (despite losing four players to injuries) and were the better team,but the damage was already done...

Cold conditions, with significant wind chill this afternoon didn't help either, and the low attendance may be related to that.

Venue for Sonics games is still Aretians RU (next to Patchway station), which is railed off, flood-lit but has no cover. 'The Other Phil' made it a minute before kick-off and we tried to get out of the wind that made it feel like a winter's afternoon.



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Bradford Bulls 56 Leigh Centurions 18

Not the result I was hoping for, but a huge effort from our lads and they deserve a lot of credit for playing some good rugby against a hugely superior Bradford side.

Odsal is never the most atmospheric place at the best of times, so to have Bradford fans commend the 1,000+ Leythers on the noise on they were making speaks volumes (excuse the pun!)

Roll on Widnes at home on Thursday.


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Since it's in theory summer, the rugby league conference is back with the usual challenge of finding out who might not turn up. Yesterdays candidates included Derby, Portsmouth again, whilst Lincoln and Runcorn, who have been replaced by a Widnes team, appear to have folded.

Anyway Redditch Ravens and Telford Hornets both of whom failed to finish last season met at Bromsgrove Rugby Union ground and both had the full compliment of players and subs.

The Ravens are now North West Worcestershire Ravens although shirts still show Redditch.

The score was 18 8 to Telford. Reasonable facilities with a nice clubhouse as expected and very welcome on a cold day a smell section of cover made of wood and holding less that 100 on the halfway line. Programmes are very rare from this club in any of their guises and certainly none today.


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Thurs 6th: Speedway Elite Lge: Swindon Robins 54 Peterborough Panthers 39

Adm: £16 Prog: £2 (last weeks rain off re-issued but for Eastbourne!!) Att: 1,300 h/c

Another comfortable win for the Robins but cant really see them (or anyone else at the moment) threatening Poole this year at the top. Mr.Consistent, Leigh Adams at his sublime best with a 15 point maximum. Disappointing crowd really which each time I go seems to be getting smaller Crazy but it seems a bit early for folk to decide they won't be challenging for the top four!

Sat 8th: Eggchasing Prem: Bath Rugby 39 Leeds Carnegie 3

Tkt: £24.50 Prog: £3 Att: 11,700

So a five try romp and Bath who we're relegation fodder at Crimble somehow turned their season around to clinch a play off spot with eleven wins from their last twelve games. Packed house as always and I get to finally finish off seeing every team possible play at the Rec in the Premiership. Therefore whilst I'd like Brizzle to come back up to renew local rivalries perhaps seeing Exeter go up would be good so I've someone new to see next season.

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Sunday 9th May
Oldham 28 York City Knights 34
H/T 16-24
National League 2
Att. 1,110
No programme
Admission £10

First game at Whitebank for Oldham and a good game to boot. Oldham were favourites to win this but York hadn't read the script and deservedly won in the end. Everything appeared to be running smoothly and very helpful stewards were in complete contrast to some other rugby stadiums.
The place is a shit hole though.



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Hope Oldham keep up with crowds like that, would be great to see them back on their feet after their struggles.

Originally planned to go to Halifax-Batley today but that one fell through for well-publicised reasons so ended up driving the other way and going to Wrexham for Crusaders-Catalans. A new ground for me, and a terrific trip. Very welcoming fans, decent pub next door, a good atmosphere and a terrific game. Will certainly be returning, possible as soon as the Wigan game in a fortnight


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A Leyther watching Wigan ? !!



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London Skolars 28 Workington Town 44
The Co-operative Championship 1
Attendance 258 (officially) more like a head count of around 100
Admission £12.00
Programme - the rubbish, rip off Game On £2.50 with a four page insert with no line ups

Nice to see they've got new seats at the New River Stadium but that's about it at this souless venue. A very small crowd and not much atmosphere.

I feel a bit sorry for the Skolars as things appear to be going backwards and there is a much better game day experience at plenty of amatuer clubs in the south of England. The day was capped off by a poor referee and an extremely one eyed touch judge.


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RUGBY LEAGUE CONFERENCE-Midland Regional

NORTH EAST WORCESTERSHIRE RAVENS 16 NOTTINGHAM OUTLAWS 32-no admission/programme-attendance peaked at 35

This was played at Bromsgrove Rugby Union Club, a venue I had visited many times before BUT only for the annual Bromsgrove Beer Festival. Therefore a late decision was made to miss the delights of the FA Cup Final on the box and watch a sporting contest at this venue. Although the standard of rugby was not the greatest the enthusiasm displayed by both sides was most commendable and made for a very enjoyable afternoon in the sun. The venue is railed off on both sides and has a small area of cover on the near side. Interestingly the game was refereed by a Rugby Union official who was only doing his second League game and it showed. However it has whetted my appetite for further ventures to watch this sport.


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Barnley Broncos 20 Parkside Hawks 20
Rugby League Conference
Played at Barnsley Rugby Union Club. Shaw Lane

Impressive set up with cricket being the main sport at this time of year. The rugby and cricket pitches are completely seperate and the cricket one was unusual in being in a bowl with a steep incline to all the boundaries so all balls need to be chased and I could imagine an occasional 4 or even 5 being run

The Rugby game was on the second pitch and roped down one side and the game was fiercely competitive with a Parkside player being sent off. I would estimate the crowd c50 and a decent proogramme was produced.

The main RU ground has a really impractical stand. Think of Garforth with a much larger gap between seats and roof and fewer rows of seating. Any day with rain from the East and every seat would be wet. Probably won an award but no use


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Blackpool Panthers 132 Gateshead Thunder 0
Att: 253
Admission £12
Prog: Game On - no thanks.

Poor Gateshead, 4 players suspended, 10 injured, 2 working, put out a very inexperienced side and were put to the sword by the rampant Panthers.

22 tries, all converted, 10 in the first half and 12 in the second.

14 different try scorers (but only 1 hat trick - Kurt Haggerty - despite what it said in the press, Paul Ballard only scored 1) and Tom Hemingway kicked his way into the history books with 22 goals being a record equalling effort (matching Jim Sullivan's feat of 1925).

The result is also a record (by some margin) for a league game, passing Keighley's 106-4 win over Highfield in 1995.

Not a lot else you can say really, with points difference quite possibly being a telling factor in the three way battle between Blackpool, Hunslet and Oldham, it would have been folly to ease off.


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Sunday 16th May

Hull KR 54 Crusaders 10
Adm £18 Prog £3 Att 7473

Good entertainment. I can see myself doing a bit of RL hopping at some stage.



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Swindon St George 18 Southampton Spitfires 50

Sat 15 May
Rugby League Conference, London/South East Regional
admit free, prog free ("because there isn't much in it today") attn 31
Venue: Swindon RU

Good family atmosphere at this one,most of the crowd seemed to be player's relatives.

Well-drilled Spitfires look a decent unit (commanded by Mr Tyreman I would have expected no less),but Swindon's main playmaker couldn't play the whole game (carrying an injury?).Bit of a gulf in class though below the Premier that I usually watch.

Ground (Greenbridge Rd, Swindon) is only railed off on part of one side. There is a club house/changing block
but no cover. The second pitch beyond has training floodlights. Whole area could do with a sprucing up, it all looks a bit Seventies-faded; but on the positive side a genuine welcome from home officials, who seemed really pleased we had turned up, means we shall return in a few weeks time.



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RUGBY LEAGUE CONFERENCE-Midland Regional

NORTH EAST WORCESTERSHIRE RAVENS 16 NOTTINGHAM OUTLAWS 32-no admission/programme-attendance peaked at 35

This was played at Bromsgrove Rugby Union Club, a venue I had visited many times before BUT only for the annual Bromsgrove Beer Festival. Therefore a late decision was made to miss the delights of the FA Cup Final on the box and watch a sporting contest at this venue. Although the standard of rugby was not the greatest the enthusiasm displayed by both sides was most commendable and made for a very enjoyable afternoon in the sun. The venue is railed off on both sides and has a small area of cover on the near side. Interestingly the game was refereed by a Rugby Union official who was only doing his second League game and it showed. However it has whetted my appetite for further ventures to watch this sport.

This was Nottingham Outlaws' A' team.
The 1st team are in the Conference National.Wink



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you are indeed correct Mr Langford; this was just an omission in typing; it was a case of gathering 13/14 fit players and signing a few them on the day, which is allowed in this league; many of the players on both sides appeared to be University students; hopefully this week I can watch a game in the Conference Midland Premier; look forward to seeing you next season when you will, no doubt be competing, as always, with the new slim-line PB, ALLEGEDLY.


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you are indeed correct Mr Langford; this was just an omission in typing; it was a case of gathering 13/14 fit players and signing a few them on the day, which is allowed in this league; many of the players on both sides appeared to be University students; hopefully this week I can watch a game in the Conference Midland Premier; look forward to seeing you next season when you will, no doubt be competing, as always, with the new slim-line PB, ALLEGEDLY.

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In Reply To
you are indeed correct Mr Langford; this was just an omission in typing; it was a case of gathering 13/14 fit players and signing a few them on the day, which is allowed in this league; many of the players on both sides appeared to be University students; hopefully this week I can watch a game in the Conference Midland Premier; look forward to seeing you next season when you will, no doubt be competing, as always, with the new slim-line PB, ALLEGEDLY.

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Friday 21 May 2010: Lancashire League Twenty20 Group B: Edenfield v Haslingden; Admission: £2

The opening match in the Lancashire League T20 tournament produced some superb cricket on a sunny warm evening. A large crowd at Gincroft Lane saw Edenfield, bottom of the Ribblesdale League and effectively invited into this competition to even up the numbers, mark their first ever win over their illustrious neighbours.

Haslingden looked in control as they made 204 for 6 in their 20 overs but they reckoned without the home professional Raheel Majeed who hit a blistering 82 out of an opening stand of 116 with skipper Greg Smithson (45) before being stumped. As wickets fell Asim Bhattii assumed the hero’s role as Edenfield won by two wickets with one ball to spare at 8.55pm, finishing 30 not out.

The Lancashire League and Northern League have regular T20 cricket on midweek evenings over the next six or seven weeks and neighbouring leagues in the Ribblesdale League, Bolton League and Central Lancashire League do as well. It means that given good weather there is a lot of good standard midweek cricket to watch.


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Leicester Storm 10 v Birmingham Bulldogs 32.

Storm's second home game at Oadby Wyggs and it was hot even sitting in the shade. Bulldogs edged the first half 8 - 4, but scored 4 tries to Storm's 1 in the second half. Not that much difference between the teams, Storm just dropped the ball too much.



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Greyhound racing @ Hall Green (Saturday 22nd May)

4th greyhound stadium I have visited and the best by far in terms on spectator facilities on offer trackside. The others being Perry Barr, Nottingham and Sittingbourne.

Admission for two and 1 racecard: £1 (voucher offer with www.2for1dogs.com)

No winners in all races from Hall Green but had a winner from a race @ Wimbledon.

Will definately go back.



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Mosborough Rugby Club, Sheffield
AFL: Central & North-West Division
Manchester Mosquitoes 84-65 Sheffield Thunder
Nottingham Scorpions 102-49 Huddersfield Rams

Located just behind the Miners Welfare is a sloped pitch with a large grass bank above. There were large contingents from Nottingham and Manchester, as well as curious locals, mostly rugby league fans. The clubhouse is pleasant but expensive and has no real ale. This is not Sheffield's usual venue, Hillsborough Rugby Club was unavailable this weekend.

These were the reverse fixtures from 2 weeks ago and both fixtures saw large turnarounds from the original fixture. In the season opener, Sheffield were beaten by nearly 100 points by Manchester, but they led at half time and it was only their inaccuracy 2nd half combined with some clinical finishing that gave Manchester the victory. Huddersfield had beaten Nottingham 2 weeks ago but this time Nottingham dominated. I ended up being roped into goal umpiring duties!



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Two rugby league games today. As Crusaders were playing Wigan at 6pm at Wrexham FC ( score 26 -46), Chester rl agreed to play Wigan Riversiders at Wrexham RU at 1pm

Chester Gladiators 24 Wigan Riversiders 28. Played on the 2nd pitch. The main pitch has a small area of earth banked cover and a rail to both sides, the second was unroped.

A good game with many changes of lead.

A fellow traveller tried to get the teams and was told the programmme was correct as only done that morning. He was sent to the bar for this, then back to the dressing rooms and then the upstairs bar and then to pitchside without success. After the game we tried the bar again and theye were found in a box on a shelf below the bar. Probably about 50 produced and only the two we tracked down were sold. This was produced by a player who is probably questioning whether to bother in future.


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RUGBY LEAGUE CONFERENCE-MIDLAND PREMIER
COVENTRY BEARS 50 GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARRIORS 10
Admission £2 with 16 page programme;
Attendance 77

A definite upward movement in standard from last week`s game in the Midland Regional; this game was played at Old Coventrians on Tile House Lane, Coventry. The first team pitch (floodlight) was roped off having been seeded; the second team pitch had a game between Coventry Bears A and North East Worcestershire Ravens; my game was on the best pitch behind the clubhouse, railed off on 3 sides, but with no cover except two erected pagodas for the teams to rest under (temperature 28 degrees). The game was even only for the first 10 minutes until Coventry`s superior strength, tactical awareness and all-round ability kicked in and they won the game comfortably; find it strange and pleasing to hear players, coaches and supporters address the referee as SIR; even apologising to him for their indiscretions.


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RUGBY LEAGUE CONFERENCE-MIDLAND PREMIER
COVENTRY BEARS 50 GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARRIORS 10
Admission £2 with 16 page programme;
Attendance 77

A definite upward movement in standard from last week`s game in the Midland Regional; this game was played at Old Coventrians on Tile House Lane, Coventry. The first team pitch (floodlight) was roped off having been seeded; the second team pitch had a game between Coventry Bears A and North East Worcestershire Ravens; my game was on the best pitch behind the clubhouse, railed off on 3 sides, but with no cover except two erected pagodas for the teams to rest under (temperature 28 degrees). The game was even only for the first 10 minutes until Coventry`s superior strength, tactical awareness and all-round ability kicked in and they won the game comfortably; find it strange and pleasing to hear players, coaches and supporters address the referee as SIR; even apologising to him for their indiscretions.



Think they tend to use this pitch quite often. I've seen them on it.

To be fair to Coventry year in, year out they are one of the better sides in the RL Conference.